A Single Tip on Overcoming Organizational Obstacles

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Strangely, this topic is on my mind as a result of listening to a health, wellness, and fitness podcast on overcoming obstacles (The Model Health Show with Shawn Stevenson). Shawn offers up 5 tips to overcoming any obstacle, regardless of the area of life or business. When I’m struggling with focus or with obstacles, it is usually […]

The Beginner’s Mind and Your Nonprofit’s Work

I’m a pretty non-Zen type of guy, but I do love the concept of Shoshin, or the Beginner’s Mind, from Zen Buddhism. Wikipedia defines it nicely: Shoshin (初心) is a concept in Zen Buddhism meaning “beginner’s mind“. It refers to having an attitude of openness, eagerness, and lack of preconceptions when studying a subject, even […]

Protect Your Vision by Thinking Big

One of the most effective ways to protect a nonprofit’s vision is to help the stakeholders think bigger. While some organizations get lost in the clouds of idealism, most get bogged down in the weeds of daily tedium – spreadsheets, emails, phone calls, appointments, and so forth. We get the work done, but we start losing […]

What Are the Core Problems that You Solve?

It’s easy to try to be everything for everybody. Large companies do it. Small companies do it. Nonprofits do it. For-profits do it. But in order to serve your mission in your community, in order to be the best in your world at what you do, you cannot be everything for everybody. It’s simply impossible. […]

What is Your Mission?

I’ve been thinking a lot about what I do as an insurance person. I sell paper that represents a promise to pay the purchaser of that paper a certain amount of money should certain types of bad things occur. Recently, another of my ilk said that he sells “Future Money”.  If, at some point in […]

The Nonprofit’s Guide to Insurance – How to Protect Your Vision

What Insurance Can’t Do First, your vision is your vision. Your nonprofit’s mission is extremely personal . It drives you to serve and educate.  It sometimes even forms the way you view your world and the way you interact with those who have nothing to do with your work. The only way you can truly […]