Sherita J. Herring – Nonprofit: The Stepchild of Business

– Sherita J. Herring   What is a stepchild? Besides, “a child of one’s spouse by a previous union,” there are undesirable connotations. Merriam-Webster says, “someone or something that does not receive enough care or attention.” Random House Kernerman Dictionary states, “any person, project, etc., that is not properly treated, supported, or appreciated.” Stories like Cinderella teach that a…

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Engaging Members for Excellence: Get ‘Em and Keep ‘Em

– Hugh Ballou   The work of the nonprofit leader is highly specialized work. We train, inspire, and engage members to function at their highest level. The primary work is in building and maintaining effective relationships. We can’t ask teams to do anything without effective relationships. It’s crucial that we change ineffective paradigms to change…

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Kevin Williams – Motivation: How to Get It and How to Keep It

– Dr. Kevin Williams   Motivation is a need or desire causing action. Despite self-help, we still have trouble finding and maintaining our motivation. If your jeans are tight, you might be motivated to lose five pounds, but that is probably not enough to keep the weight off long-term. Our drive to lose weight, even…

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Andrew Morikawa – The Architecture of Governance

– Andrew Morikawa   Every nonprofit board must ask, “How do we organize ourselves so that we can responsibly and effectively do the work that we envision?” I suggest several basic principles and practices, elements of an architecture of engagement, to cultivate effective, leading boards. This architecture has many more elements than can be described…

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Berny Dohrmann – Nonprofit Winning

– Berny Dohrmann   Nonprofits, hit so hard recently, are coming into a boom period. Trillions sitting on the sideline are returning. Today, nonprofits exist inside the Super Change markets affecting all of us. Winning requires management inside these markets, remaining current on new options. Today’s grantors and donors review messages wherever they are now:…

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New Learning Mentality: Lessons from The Dead Poets Society

– Todd Greer, PhD   “You can call me ‘Oh Captain, My Captain’.” Professor Keating’s words turn life at Welton Academy upside-down. Modus operandi is gone. Keating’s poetry class meets an uncomfortable, yet enlightening world of thinking freely. The Dead Poets Society (DPS) presents an intriguing platform for rethinking how nonprofit leaders engage learning processes…

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