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 […]

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. […]

4 Tricks to Keep You Focused on Your Destination

Do your accomplishments, come Friday, look a lot different than what you envisioned on Monday? You had a destination in mind on Monday. You sat down and said something like this: “This week will be different. I will get get things done. I will accomplish my goals. This week will be productive. I can do […]

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 […]