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25 05, 2017

What Not to Do When You’re Trying to Sell

By |May 25th, 2017|blog, leadership, personal|0 Comments

Let me tell you what happened with a team meeting called to evaluate a video conferencing service. We're in the process of expansion and with team members around the country, and even the world, we want to be able to connect quickly and easily in the digital world. We know that's an absolute necessity in [...]

11 05, 2017

The One Ideal to Help You Develop Your Leadership in Business and Life

By |May 11th, 2017|blog, development, personal|Comments Off on The One Ideal to Help You Develop Your Leadership in Business and Life

If you’ve been in business as long as I have, then you’ve probably heard about how Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company did right by their customers and demonstrated great leadership and humanity. The company was founded in Janesville, Wisconsin in 1857. In 1859, the young company relocated to Milwaukee. That year was momentous for them, [...]

9 05, 2017

When to Expect Your Board to Support Your Social Media

By |May 9th, 2017|blog, leadership, personal|Comments Off on When to Expect Your Board to Support Your Social Media

Not too long ago I was scrolling through social media, and I saw a development director say in a post that she "expected" her nonprofit board to support and promote the organization through social media. She was disappointed that they weren't meeting expectations. My thought was––really? What’s wrong with this picture? How Can You Expect [...]

20 04, 2017

The True Meaning of Digging Deeper

By |April 20th, 2017|blog, development, personal|Comments Off on The True Meaning of Digging Deeper

What if I told you that you could have what you want in life, but you’re going to have to work harder? You wouldn’t be too happy. Perhaps you’d roll your eyes or give me an exasperated huff. You already work hard. How in the world can you work even harder? Where are you supposed [...]

11 04, 2017

The Great Fail of United Airlines and How It Could Have Done Better

By |April 11th, 2017|blog, leadership, personal|Comments Off on The Great Fail of United Airlines and How It Could Have Done Better

The outrage is justified. The team of United Airlines, and its CEO saying they had "no choice" are wrong. Period. The man that was dragged out of one of its planes on Sunday­­––literally––paid for his seat. And, yes, there were other ways to handle the situation of a paying customer who did not want to [...]

6 04, 2017

Today Matters So Let Yesterday Go

By |April 6th, 2017|blog, leadership, personal|Comments Off on Today Matters So Let Yesterday Go

Some of the greatest excuses in life come from our inability to forgive ourselves for past mistakes. That's a shame and an incredible waste of energy and time. And, we all know how limited and what a precious commodity time is in life. It typically begins with these words: if only. If only I had [...]

4 04, 2017

What Makes Nonprofit Fundraising Difficult?

By |April 4th, 2017|blog, leadership, personal|Comments Off on What Makes Nonprofit Fundraising Difficult?

2015 was a great year for fundraising. Over $373.25 billion was given to charity. And, 25 percent of the U.S. population volunteered for charitable work from September 2014 to September 2015. So, why is it that a lot of nonprofits, schools, churches and others have it so hard in raising money for their groups? Ask [...]

28 03, 2017

What Your Nonprofit Needs to Know Today About SEO

By |March 28th, 2017|blog, development, personal|Comments Off on What Your Nonprofit Needs to Know Today About SEO

Search engine optimization (SEO) is a term that everyone is using these days, but a lot of people in the nonprofit sector don't know what it means. There are a whole lot of SEO experts out there claiming they can get your site to the top of the rankings, but sometimes the results don't bear [...]

21 03, 2017

3 of the All-Time Best Ways to Identify Major Donors for Your Small Nonprofit

By |March 21st, 2017|blog, development, personal|Comments Off on 3 of the All-Time Best Ways to Identify Major Donors for Your Small Nonprofit

In 2015, Bloomerang reported findings you can review by clicking here, that fewer than 20 percent of nonprofits had someone actively working major donors. I realize that many organizations simply don't have the staff to hire fundraisers dedicated to cultivating and soliciting major donors. However, every nonprofit—large or small—should be in the business of getting [...]

9 03, 2017

7 Ways to Use Social Media to Advance Your Career

By |March 9th, 2017|blog, leadership, personal|Comments Off on 7 Ways to Use Social Media to Advance Your Career

In 2015, CareerBuilder did their annual social media survey and found that 35 percent of hiring managers were less likely to interview a candidate if they couldn't find them online. And since social media is a part of most of our lives, you have to assume that will only increase in the years ahead, especially [...]