I am enjoying reading many of the articles published through the Harvard Business School internet service entitled “Working Knowledge”. I often use many of the articles and interviews while teaching the Kent State University Web Courses on Non-profit Management. In a recent article authored by Sean Silverthorne and published on Oct. 6, 2008, Silverthorne interviews Dr. William A. Sahlman; author of one of the most downloaded articles on Harvard Business Publishing since 1997 entitled “How to Write a Great Business Plan”.
This stuff is good reading for a CEO, business manager or operations officer, because it provides some key business principles that should be applied to operating a non-profit behavioral health organization. Behavioral Health leaders need to look at themselves as entrepreneurs. We need to challenge ourselves with new business ventures that most effectively help solve the many behavioral health challenges of today and tomorrow. Writing a business plan on possible solutions, provides leaders with useful guidelines for business and an effective tool to discuss solutions with other investors and mentors.