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Nonprofit Leadership

A Radical Reset for You or Your Organization?

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  A Radical Reset for You or Your Organization?  Have you ever stepped back from your work and decided to slay all sacred cows? If you were tasked to kill all programs and processes and start from scratch, which programs would you resurrect? Which activities truly serve your mission and vision? For that matter, which […]

A Single Tip on Overcoming Organizational Obstacles

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 […]

What Are Your Nonprofit’s Keystone Habits?

Organizations have habits If you looked around your nonprofit, you’d find that people do things a certain way. If you’ve worked for other organizations, you’d be able to compare and contrast the various organizational habits that drive the culture, work, and relationships. Charles Duhigg in his book The Power of Habit talks about how the […]

Creating a Culture of Care

Nonprofits are businesses on a mission, usually driven by a heart to care for people, a cause, or some type of non-human creature. The nonprofit might be a conduit of funds, a hands-on mental health provider, a school, a sports organization, or an arts and culture organization, but at the core, there is a deep passion for […]

When You Feel Like Quitting…

My wife has a sign on the refrigerator door that says this: When you feel like quitting, remember why you started! It’s an encouragement to maintain healthy eating and exercise habits.   But it’s also a vital thought to help us stay whatever course we consider important enough to be on in the first place.  […]

A Book Review of Lead Positive: What Highly Effective Leaders See, Say, and Do

Lead Positive: What Highly Effective Leaders See, Say, and Do by Kathryn D. Cramer is not for the faint of heart or mind. It will take a little bit of work to get through the very readable, yet meaty leadership book. Using strong research and stories she experienced first-hand through her consulting practice, Dr. Cramer lays […]