Fear Is All Around You

Fear Is All Around You

What are you afraid of? If your response is, “I’m not afraid of anything!” then you might need to pause and do some self-reflection. You’re likely either ignoring or avoiding your fears. It’s okay, though. You’re not alone--lots of people wear false armor to try and...
How Would You Spend a Windfall?

How Would You Spend a Windfall?

“How would you spend a windfall?” The voice on the phone was an old friend. Sadly, we hadn’t spoken in years. “I heard you were doing consulting,” she continued. “So you’re an expert now?” I laughed. “I wouldn’t say I’m an expert. But, yes, people do tell me they...
The Tale of the Three Envelopes

The Tale of the Three Envelopes

Tomorrow is April Fool’s Day. In that spirit, I thought I would share one of my favorite stories of being an Executive Director. The following story was first told to me by my friend and mentor John Durel. A check of the internet reveals it’s been around for awhile...
How to know when someone needs to get off the bus

How to know when someone needs to get off the bus

“How do I know if I need to make a staff change?” The nonprofit executive was staring down into his coffee cup as he said it. We had just spent a good ten minutes talking about his latest staffing challenge. One member of his team seemed to keep getting cross-ways...
Walking a Tightrope Without a Net

Walking a Tightrope Without a Net

“I’m not sure exactly what they want me to be working on. And they won’t tell me what the priorities are.” “They just want me to do more.” This was a conversation from some time back. The executive was lamenting what she felt to be an ever-shifting set of goals...
A Simple Way to Get More From Your Board

A Simple Way to Get More From Your Board

Do you wish you could get more from your board? More help in generating buzz in the community. More interest in the strategic vision of the organization. More help with fundraising. More engagement. A simple way to get more from your board The most effective nonprofit...
The Bank Account Theory of Relationships

The Bank Account Theory of Relationships

If you listen to our podcast, you’ve heard our guests--accomplished nonprofit executives--speak to one point over and over. And over. And over. “Being the head of a nonprofit organization is all about relationships.” “You need to maintain good relationships with the...