“Leadership” – Articles

Is a Board of Directors Really Important?

Is a Board of Directors Really Important?

Board of Directors Role: What Exactly Should Your Board Be Doing? Throughout my time with nonprofits, I’ve noticed that a board, along with its directors ability to fulfill their roles and responsibilities can be the difference between a high impact agency, a low...

Does Your Leadership Style Matter?

Does Your Leadership Style Matter?

If you're like most nonprofit leaders, you've likely gone through your fair share of leadership skills training such as marketing, budgeting, goal setting, etc. However, you may never have made it a priority to look within...

Four Ways Board Training Can Help Your Nonprofit

Four Ways Board Training Can Help Your Nonprofit

Why do some boards demonstrate a culture of excellence year after year, while some seem to struggle with getting directors to show up for meetings or to make important decisions?  Why do some agencies have a waiting list of board candidates, while others (maybe yours)...

I’ve Written a New Book!

I’ve Written a New Book!

IT'S HERE!! It is with great excitement that I announce the arrival of my second book! This book focuses solely on nonprofit leadership, with the ins and outs of how to successfully achieve and maintain a leadership position. I really wanted this book to be different!...

10 Characteristics of Effective Nonprofit Leaders

It’s no secret we’re living in a world of increasing turmoil. Violence is escalating. Hate is rising. Lines are being drawn and redrawn every day as portions of our country band together to oppose others. Culturally and politically, we are as divided as we ever have...

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...

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