Waiting Well and Nonprofit Leadership: Make Delay Your Best Friend Forever
In another life, Elaine and Justin, a favorite couple of mine, gave me this sound advice: Do all the things you want while you’re still single. When you’re married, things get more complicated. My friends taught me how to wait well.
You also wait. You pursue more money, resources, donors, customers, and supporters. You know they’re coming, but they aren’t here, yet. How can you wait well? Set up your systems and process that will make your organization a success …
Writing a not for profit vision statement is an exercise of the head and heart. You need a compelling, exciting, and realistic picture of your future. Listen to this video to get some quick tips to get you started to write an inspiring vision statement for your nonprofit organization.
What’s the difference between a nonprofit vision vs. mission? You may be completely clear about the difference, but many nonprofit board and staff members get confused by these two concepts. Listen and share this video grow clarity in your nonprofit about these two essential and related ideas.
Operating Your Nonprofit in the Dark and Fog | How to Succeed Without Light
In the fog, the cove was pitch black. I couldn’t see the radio tower across the bay, a star, or the shore. Earlier that afternoon, the tide caught us when we’d anchored too close to shore. Now at 10:30 p.m. the tide was rising.
We needed to move the boat or stay stuck until the following day.
It should have been easy. We just needed to putter 100 feet-the length of two semi-trailers or 40 steps. I’d seen the open …
What’s the Secret to Boards that Take Smart Risks?
This brilliant advice comes from one of the interviews I did for my new book, Let’s Raise Millions Together. Implement it to create healthier boards that take calculated risks to launch your nonprofit upward and onward.
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Red Tide and Fundraising | A Lesson from the Oysters
After months of rotting fish, ghastly odors, and irritated throats, biologists have declared Florida’s epic Red Tide bloom over.
Earlier this month, we went on our first-post Red Tide boat outing. The first stop was our “secret” oyster beds. Donning water shoes, carrying bucket and hammer, we climbed over the stern and waded toward the exposed bars.
Usually, the beds are alive with birds feasting and oysters clacking. It was eerily quiet. Arriving first, my husband minus his hearing aids, …
A Team of Relationships | What Lincoln Teaches Us About Creating Successful Boards
One of Doris Kearns Goodwin’s book’s Team of Rivals explores how Lincoln selected and worked with a cabinet composed, among others, of three gifted competitors for the presidency. You, like Lincoln, seek to build a team. Only in your case, you don’t gather rivals. To form your board, you organize gifted individuals to form a team of relationships.
In her book, Goodwin writes about the meetings Lincoln had with his cabinet collectively and individually. You already hold regular board meetings. …