“Leadership” – Articles

6 Things Nonprofit Leaders Learn the Hard Way

6 Things Nonprofit Leaders Learn the Hard Way

If you're like me, the best lessons you learn are the ones you learn the hard way.  • Cutting corners usually comes back to bite you • Eating a big breakfast so you can cut down on your lunch and dinner-not so much • Cramming for a test the night before-good luck with...

Want to be a Better Leader?

Want to be a Better Leader?

Switch to this type of Leadership.  Leadership used to be simple and straightforward. The boss decided what had to be done, told someone, and that person or committee got working on it. Clear, simple, quick, and efficient. It was called top-down, or positional...

How to Make Better Decisions

How to Make Better Decisions

Decision making season is here. We're closing in on the end of 2018 and that can only mean one thing. For better or worse you probably have some tough decisions to make. Are there changes you need to make in your organization? People you need to let go, or new ones...

10 Ways to Deal With Difficult People in Your Nonprofit

10 Ways to Deal With Difficult People in Your Nonprofit

On the surface, leading a nonprofit might look like a piece of cake. You assemble a group of people passionate about the mission, point them in the right direction and get out of their way. For the most part, there are no ego problems, no hidden agendas, and no one...

Will End-of-Year Fundraising Be Risky For Your Agency?

Will End-of-Year Fundraising Be Risky For Your Agency?

Nonprofit leadership is challenging. And it's no secret that fundraising -- especially end-of-year fundraising - can easily top the list of stressors. Can you really count on all those pledges to come in at year-end? What if they don't? It's Fall of 2018 and once...

Could Serving on a Nonprofit Board Help Your Career?

Could Serving on a Nonprofit Board Help Your Career?

Does Board Service Help? We all have a LOT going on. Work commitments, family obligations, the never-ending list of things to do. We're already pulled in a dozen different directions, likely trying to steal time from wherever we can get it. So why would you pile one...

Inside the Mind of a Donor: 5 Things They Really Want to Know

Inside the Mind of a Donor: 5 Things They Really Want to Know

In my decades of being involved in the nonprofit world, I’ve had the privilege of holding many different roles. I’ve been a board member, board chair, committee member, consultant, volunteer, and for many years — a donor. I’ve seen nonprofits from many sides, but...

5 Hidden Reasons Your Strategic Plan is Failing

5 Hidden Reasons Your Strategic Plan is Failing

Planning is great, but execution wins the game. College and professional football teams will go into every one of their games this Fall with a solid game plan. Run first, to set up the pass; pass first, to set up the run; keep the football away from the other team's...

5 Things Every Board Member Wishes You New

5 Things Every Board Member Wishes You New

Whether you are a board chair or an executive director, leading a nonprofit is a special calling. It’s exciting, unnerving, challenging, and fulfilling. It’s a role most of us wouldn’t give up for anything… We've all been there. You find yourself sitting at the head...

Improving Board Effectiveness: Why Isn’t My Board Better?

Improving Board Effectiveness: Why Isn’t My Board Better?

Why Isn't My Board Better? Keeping up with the Jones’ is about as American as Apple Pie and baseball.  I sense it is alive and well in the nonprofit world, too. Specifically, I hear nonprofit leaders often whispering, “Why isn’t my board better?” “Why can’t we do the...

Nonprofit Risk Management: Is Your Agency Exposed To Risk?

Nonprofit Risk Management: Is Your Agency Exposed To Risk?

     As a nonprofit leader, your attention is drawn in many different directions in the course of a week, sometimes, all at once. You are responsible to look into the future to ensure the agency is headed in the right direction. You also need to look internally to...

Is Your Leadership Style Helping or Hurting Your Nonprofit?

Is Your Leadership Style Helping or Hurting Your Nonprofit?

There Is No One Right Way To Lead Leaders come in all shapes and sizes. Understanding your leadership style is a crucial step in empowering your agency to succeed. There are leadership styles that fit much better in some circumstances than others.  Sometimes, an...

The Hardest Question Every Executive Director Must Answer

The Hardest Question Every Executive Director Must Answer

The Hardest Question Every Executive Director Must Answer At some level, every executive director’s job is similar to other directors in the community. Each leads the organization, raises funds, recruits, ensures clients are being served well, all while serving as the...

4 Things Successful Nonprofit Leaders Do Every Week

4 Things Successful Nonprofit Leaders Do Every Week

Guard Your Calendar Wisely Your role as an executive director is much more than a 9-5 job. You may have breakfast meetings, dinner meetings and late evening meetings. Sometimes, your Saturdays turn into full work days, too. During the day you are meeting with donors,...

Changing Nonprofit Trends: 4 Things Your Team Needs To Know

Changing Nonprofit Trends: 4 Things Your Team Needs To Know

Embracing The Change    There is a lot of change coming to the nonprofit world. Boards, leaders, staff, and volunteers need to face and process emerging nonprofit trends, all while still serving their clients. The good news: all of these changes have the capacity to...

Nonprofit Board Management: 18 Reasons Your Board Is Failing

Nonprofit Board Management: 18 Reasons Your Board Is Failing

Get Your Board On The Right Track I have found many nonprofit boards are just a few steps away from seeing high impact results. With a few adjustments, these organizations are capable of delivering transformational change to those they are trying to help. They have...

High Impact: 14 Ways To Improve Your Board Leadership

High Impact: 14 Ways To Improve Your Board Leadership

How Should You Lead Your Board Of Directors? After serving on several boards and consulting with many others, I have seen common problems or decisions made by leadership that resurface again and again. These issues hold boards back from giving their best effort and...

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