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22 06, 2017

25 Ways to Walk the Walk of Social Good

By |June 22nd, 2017|blog, development, personal|0 Comments

Recently I had a conversation with a colleague who talked to me about the fact that she wondered if nonprofit professionals walked the walk of social good after work. I asked her what she meant by that, and she replied that she noticed that some people in her nonprofit seemed to "clock out" of doing [...]

20 06, 2017

The Founder’s Syndrome Chess Game and How to Resolve It

By |June 20th, 2017|blog, leadership, personal|0 Comments

If you’ve been in the nonprofit sector for a while, you may come across a phenomenon called "founder's syndrome." It can be so destructive that afflicted organizations with this syndrome, which is also called "founderitis,” can implode and close their doors. What is Founder's Syndrome? Founder's syndrome or founderitis typically revolves around the cult of [...]

13 06, 2017

The Greatest Ongoing Nonprofit and Donor Debate

By |June 13th, 2017|blog, leadership, personal|0 Comments

Recently, I've started to see renewed push-back from donors about their gifts to charity. If you participate in nonprofit groups, I've heard some exasperated nonprofit executives and fundraisers speaking about donors demanding to know how much of their donations are going directly to programs. This debate and discussions have been going on for a long [...]

8 06, 2017

Pass the Damn Ball to the Kid Who May Fumble

By |June 8th, 2017|blog, leadership, personal|Comments Off on Pass the Damn Ball to the Kid Who May Fumble

Someone recently posted the article on social media, “Dear Kids: If I Die, Please Don’t Be a Sh**head.” As a parent and grandfather, it caught my attention due to the bluntness. But I also thought about it as a leader and manager. The following quote was particularly important to me: DO pass the ball. PASS [...]

30 05, 2017

How to Address Salary as Part of the Hiring Process

By |May 30th, 2017|blog, leadership, personal|Comments Off on How to Address Salary as Part of the Hiring Process

Let’s face it. Most nonprofits are notorious for not paying high salaries in comparison to their for-profit peers. Recently, there’s been a movement, which has the support of some state legislatures to make it illegal for employers to ask for salary history. Prospective employees also feel especially many in the nonprofit sector which is notorious [...]

25 05, 2017

What Not to Do When You’re Trying to Sell

By |May 25th, 2017|blog, leadership, personal|Comments Off on What Not to Do When You’re Trying to Sell

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 [...]