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Management and Leadership in Nonprofits

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.


Leadership Blog: Time Management (Insert Laughing-So-Hard-You-Cry Emoji Here!)
Oct 16, 2018

By Tammy T. Jelinek

There are time management books, videos, seminars, trainings — you get the picture. Some of them are great and have super-helpful suggestions. Some of them are “meh” and not too helpful. There really isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach because everyone is different.

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Leadership Blog: How Do You Want to Be Thanked?
Oct 03, 2018

By Tammy T. Jelinek

Once every year or so, my team members are asked to share how they want to receive appreciation — specifically non-compensation. They often have varied answers. And over the years it’s been great information to share with other team members and other leaders to really personalize the “thank you” for them.

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HS/EHS Blog: In-Kind Barriers and Busters
Sep 25, 2018

By Tammy T. Jelinek

If you run a Head Start, Early Head Start (EHS) or EHS-Child Care Partnership (CCP), you have heard of in-kind. It’s the community’s share of the program. Whether it is through donated space, supplies or time, it is about having the community involved to help make the program as impactful as possible.

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Rest — Just Don’t Stop!
Sep 06, 2018

By Tammy T. Jelinek

Leaders get tired. Leaders have long to-do lists. Leaders put out “fires.” Side note: My husband is a fire fighter, an advanced emergency medical technician and a police officer, and he often reminds me that what I call an emergency in the office may not be a true emergency.

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Leadership Blog: Letting Go
Jul 25, 2018

By Tammy T. Jelinek

How do you handle it when someone asks to learn how to do your job? Or when someone tells you that you need to teach others to do your job? This is what leadership means — leveraging the talent of others to do what you do now to allow you time to lead in the future. But it can be hard to let go. After all, you have done your job so well. You have been rewarded for it in raises and promotions. It’s comfortable. It’s a part of you.

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Why History Matters
Jul 17, 2018

By Tammy T. Jelinek

I recently presented a full-day in-kind planning session at the Region IV Head Start Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. The session focused on ways for the audience to break down in-kind into actionable items when they got back home.

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Leadership Blog: Can you really love your job?
Feb 28, 2018

By Tammy T. Jelinek

A group of up-and-coming leaders asked if someone can really love their job.

I asked them a question back:  Do you always love your family, friends, significant other…even your dog (think about a middle-of-the-night trip to the bathroom only to step in something squishy)?

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Leadership Blog: New Year—Now What?
Jan 30, 2018

By Tammy T. Jelinek

Leadership Blog:  New Year-Now What 

I am not into new year’s resolutions, unless it is to continue to eat cupcakes—because I can make that one happen!

What I like about a new year is that you can take the time to regroup. You can look at your written goals (see that subliminal suggestion there—“written”) and decide how you are doing on them by asking yourself some questions.

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HS/EHS Blog: Impact – What You May Never Know
Dec 14, 2017

By Tammy T. Jelinek

I often offer preconference presentations, as well as breakout sessions, through the National Head Start Association’s annual conferences. This past week I presented at the parent conference. Because the Policy Council and parent involvement have been an important part of the program since the 1970s, this conference focuses on helping parents and community members learn the rules, regulations, and requirements of the Head Start/Early Head Start program—and there are A LOT!

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HS/EHS Blog: You Are the Best-Kept Secret – NOW STOP IT!
Nov 09, 2017

By Tammy T. Jelinek

I have a rant. A soap box. A super-sized concern. And I need your help. I often travel to clients to offer internal training or consulting, and I have seen a trend that needs attention. I will go into a gas station, store, or restaurant and mention that I am working with the local Head Star/Early Head Start and…wait for it…wait for it…they have no idea what I am talking about.

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Leadership Blog: Leading With Legacy
Oct 27, 2017

By Tammy T. Jelinek

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What do you mean I have to coach all the time?!?!

I am a leader. And for me leadership means so much. I lead as a new partner in a CPA and consulting firm. I lead people, projects, and lasting impacts for the legacy of the firm. I lead me. I lead those who are more tenured than I am as they transition into retirement. And I lead the next generation of leaders, who will not lead the same way the generations before them have led. That’s a lot of leading—right?!?!

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HS/EHS Blog: Understanding Why
Oct 25, 2017

By Tammy T. Jelinek

I just finished a client engagement on which we (their leadership team, my colleagues, and I) spent three days digging into the Head Start Program Performance Standards. We went through the regulations, then they discussed their current monitoring approaches, with the goal of meeting the new Monitoring Protocol standards of less “check it off the list” type of monitoring. 

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Vacation Brain
Oct 24, 2017

By Tammy T. Jelinek

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I did it. I took a vacation and mostly disconnected. I handled two ASAP requests. I kept my email under 100 by checking/responding/cleaning it out every few days. But mostly I ate, slept, read, indulged in an adult beverage (or a few), and had a great vacation in the sun for my annual girls’ trip.

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Is It In-Kind
Aug 25, 2017

By Tammy T. Jelinek

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?”

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Intolerance of Intolerance
Aug 22, 2017

By Steven P. Lipton

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Intolerance of Intolerance blog 

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.

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Let Go
May 02, 2017

By Steven P. Lipton

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Let Go - NGP Blog 

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.

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Make Opportunity Great Again
Nov 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.

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Change isn't bad...
Oct 06, 2016

By Steven P. Lipton

 

…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?

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Prognostication
Jun 22, 2016

By Steven P. Lipton

 

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.

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Leadership Brand
May 10, 2016

By Steven P. Lipton

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.

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Culture and a Curse
Apr 05, 2016

By Steven P. Lipton

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.

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I Am (Not) Responsible
Mar 10, 2016

By Steven P. Lipton

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?

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Will It Help?
Jan 29, 2016

By Steven P. Lipton

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?”

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Reflection
Jan 06, 2016

By Steven P. Lipton

 

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. 

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