Helping people. This is what working in a nonprofit organization is all about. In this column, I will share things I’ve learned that can help you in your role including best practices, industry news, resources to look at and even some fun tips and tricks.
Is It In-KindAug 25, 2017
I had the opportunity to work in a Head Start program back in the early 1990s. At the time, the hot (and by hot, I mean what the monitors were focusing on) topic was in-kind. And decades later, it’s still the hot topic! We are asked all the time, “What is allowable in-kind?”
Intolerance of IntoleranceAug 22, 2017
When should a leader be intolerant? Let's talk…
A few years ago I had the opportunity to spend a few days in Munich. I struggled with going and could hear my parents’ voices stating how they could never set foot in that land (although my father was there as an American soldier in World War II). As I walked the streets feeling incredibly secure and welcomed, my mind often wandered back to what this would've been like 70 years prior. I would have been wearing a yellow star, marking me as someone not to be tolerated. I would not have been welcomed in shops or in public. I could have been beaten or arrested only for the reason of me being who I am. And worse, the people who warmly greeted me during my trip were most likely raised by people who were part of the intolerant folks of 70 years prior.
Let GoMay 02, 2017
Things change. People agree and disagree. Ideas happen and fail. And we have a choice. We can hang on to our successes and our failures, continuing to relive them (becoming a prisoner of our past behaviors like those who were in Alcatraz). Or we can let go.
Make Opportunity Great AgainNov 11, 2016
In light of recent election results, I couldn't resist this blog title. Regardless of which candidate we voted for, we now have to make do with the results. Here's my challenge: Let's look inside and outside our organization, let's reinvest in our mission, let's focus on our desired outcomes, and let's create the impact we know that we can.
Change isn't bad...Oct 06, 2016
…it's just different! I had this nugget of knowledge shared with me the other day. Actually, it's brilliant. What would happen if we all just looked at change from this perspective?
PrognosticationJun 22, 2016
Today is a big word day, and today's big word is prognostication. Webster's says that prognostication is "a statement about what is going to happen in the future." Leaders are prognosticators! So I dare you to start your next discussion with this statement: "Have I got a prognostication for you!" Then, of course, you need to accurately predict the future.
Leadership BrandMay 10, 2016
I spend a lot of time reading leadership books and articles. Every author has a great idea on how leadership style affects leadership effectiveness. For me, the bottom line always comes down to one thing: My behavior as a leader has consequences, both good and bad. And it's consequences I'm talking about, not results.
Culture and a CurseApr 05, 2016
Last night was opening day for my beloved Chicago Cubs. They started the season on a winning note, defeating the Angels 9-0. But that's not what this blog is about. It's really about the culture around an organization and how that culture can drive your outcomes.
I Am (Not) ResponsibleMar 10, 2016
Today's topic is responsibility. Yes, the “R” word. You know it. You may have even felt it. So here's my question: Do you live it?
Will It Help?Jan 29, 2016
If you saw the movie “Bridge of Spies,” you probably heard this dialogue repeated several times by two of the main characters:
James Donovan: “Aren't you worried?”
Rudolf Abel: “Would it help?”
ReflectionJan 06, 2016
In my last blog, I wrote about the need to think. This generated some interesting discussion on the differences between thinking and reflecting. I hadn't really thought about this, and I want to thank those (especially Denny) who prodded me to think about the differences.