Helping people. This is what working in a nonprofit organization is all about. As a leader or manager, you work hard to make sure your organization stays focused on its mission and devotes maximum resources to service. I’d like to help you. 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.
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.