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May 2017: A Note From Ed

A Note From Ed:

I have a confession to make.

I do not like the term “consultant.”

The term just leaves me cold. It feels uninviting, stodgy to me—maybe even arrogant. And those connotations linger in my imagination as I try to shape our consulting services here at CNPE to meet the needs of our nonprofit community.

Now, I’ll be the first to tell you that we have a brilliant team of crack consultants specializing in strategy and planning, board governance, organizational development, communications, outcomes measurement and the like. You can see for yourself.

But we don’t use our knowledge, skill and experience to make you conform to some standard that we decide is right for you. We want you to be the best version of you that you can be. So, first we listen so that we understand not only your challenges but your hopes and dreams, too. Then we roll up our sleeves and get to work, helping you to leverage your own wisdom and experience as together we address your needs.

That’s not to say we won’t share our knowledge and expertise, recommend alternate courses of action, or suggest another way to see things when you need us to. We will—but always so that you can achieve your own vision of what you want to become as you serve our community.

So what would you call that? I like “Trusted colleague, ally, and guide—a good companion for the journey.” But that won’t fit on a business card.

Whatever we call it, if this sounds like what you need, give us a call. We’re at your service.

Ed Cortas
Director of (for now) Consulting Services
Center for Nonprofit Excellence
ecortas@cnpe.org