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16 11, 2017

Want to Dominate the Competition? Allow More Women into Business Leadership

By |November 16th, 2017|blog, Business, personal|0 Comments

Women have been in the news a lot lately, and while this article is not a reflection on what’s been happening as the issue of sexual harassment has dominated the headlines, the reality is that we need more women in leadership positions in business. According to the National Women’s Business Council, women begin their businesses [...]

9 11, 2017

Why You Should Get Rid of Your Annual Performance Review

By |November 9th, 2017|blog, Business, personal|0 Comments

If you’re someone who is a member of Generation X or older, then you remember the annual performance review. Each year, a significant production was made by the manager who scheduled an appointment with a team member to go through that individual's performance review. I remember it was always quite an "event" and there were [...]

1 11, 2017

The Single Ingredient Necessary for a High-Performing Team

By |November 1st, 2017|blog, Business, news|Comments Off on The Single Ingredient Necessary for a High-Performing Team

Several years ago, Pepsico introduced a concept within its global company called “Performance with Purpose.” It was the brain-child of then CEO, Indra Nooyi. The shift was intended to meld the long-term success of the company and ingrain sustainability. Remember, Pepsico is a beverage company, and it was important for their brand to position themselves [...]

25 10, 2017

Money Plays with Money for Philanthropy

By |October 25th, 2017|blog, Business, personal|Comments Off on Money Plays with Money for Philanthropy

A colleague of mine at the office relayed to me a conversation she had with major gift fundraiser. I'd like to highlight it here because if you're a business leader who serves on a nonprofit board and you're expecting that a significant gift ask by a CEO or fundraiser happen, you need to understand that [...]

18 10, 2017

3 Ways to Maintain Your Integrity in Business and Be True to Your Word

By |October 18th, 2017|blog, Business, news|Comments Off on 3 Ways to Maintain Your Integrity in Business and Be True to Your Word

In life as in business, sincerity and honesty can exist, and it all begins with the person staring back at you from the mirror. There are many reasons that people choose to travel in other paths that lack integrity, but there's no reason for it. Having a great company, making money and treating others well [...]

11 10, 2017

How to Get Corporate Social Responsibility Into the DNA of Your Business

By |October 11th, 2017|blog, Business, Nonprofit Leadership|Comments Off on How to Get Corporate Social Responsibility Into the DNA of Your Business

Several years ago, two New York nonprofits decided to partner together and pursue corporate funding. One charity was an educational group that provided scholarship aid to students in the city so that they could attend schools that had a better performance record than the neighborhood public schools. The other organization took students from the same [...]

13 06, 2017

The Greatest Ongoing Nonprofit and Donor Debate

By |June 13th, 2017|blog, Nonprofit Leadership, personal|Comments Off on The Greatest Ongoing Nonprofit and Donor Debate

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 [...]

16 03, 2017

How Nonprofits Can Overcome the Sustainability Challenge

By |March 16th, 2017|blog, Development, news|Comments Off on How Nonprofits Can Overcome the Sustainability Challenge

Recently, we partnered with a company promoting fundraising ideas. That got me thinking about nonprofit sustainability. I've been talking about it for years. Nonprofits are great, but I think people who begin or work for these organizations need to understand two things: Nonprofits are a business. The fundamental difference between a for-profit business and nonprofit [...]

9 02, 2017

25 of the Best Definitions of Leadership—Ever

By |February 9th, 2017|blog, news, Nonprofit Leadership|Comments Off on 25 of the Best Definitions of Leadership—Ever

I’m a consummate student of leadership. I have a passion for the subject and it helps drive the decisions I make in my multiple businesses. I also share a lot of posts on my social media regarding leadership. The ones I am including here are the ones that are transformative, visionary and in keeping with [...]

17 01, 2017

Pay-What-It-Takes Philanthropy is Beginning to Take Root

By |January 17th, 2017|blog, Development, news|Comments Off on Pay-What-It-Takes Philanthropy is Beginning to Take Root

Finally, it seems that the insanity around the “nonprofit starvation cycle” is coming to an end. For those of you who may be new to the world of philanthropy, the nonprofit starvation cycle happens when donors have unrealistic—and absurd—expectations regarding the costs of running an organization. For a long time, donors have been restricting their [...]