Cord Sachs – Multiplying Leaders

– Cord Sachs   In most organizations, the development of leaders tends to fall into the category of important but not urgent. It isn’t that organizations don’t desire to build leaders; it’s just that they don’t invest time into building a strategic plan and process for leadership development. They invest in marketing strategies, sales strategies,…

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Jän Paul Ostendorf, Austin Munhofen – Positive First Impressions

– Jän Paul Ostendorf and Austin Munhofen   First impressions are important. For-profit and nonprofit organizations alike have a responsibility to present themselves authentically and accurately to their potential and current stakeholders. Appearance is a significant component to creating that first impression. Whether it’s a website, business card, or printed material, how your brand looks…

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A.J. Rounds – Soaring to New Heights

– A.J. Rounds   Google. Tesla. Amazon. Under Armour. What do these companies do that makes them so awesome? Their management, business models, and attention to customer appeal all make a critical difference to their success. They embody the same philosophies we, as nonprofits, should be upholding as well. For the Responsibility Foundation, this was…

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Ed Bogle – Manage Change and Leverage Opportunity

– Ed Bogle   Planning in the nonprofit world has largely been based on the continuance of past trends and the assumption that constituents’ needs, environmental factors, funding sources, and staff and volunteer commitment will remain fairly constant. However, those things have become less dependable. Change is largely unpredictable, often comes in big waves at…

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September Dohrmann – Cooperation and Collaboration

– September Dohrmann   CEO Space was conceived in 1988 via a thought leader educational summit in Huntsville, Alabama, as a forum for CEOs that would provide missing mechanisms to accelerate business development. In the rapidly advancing entrepreneur age, there was a lack of centralized resources to mentor and rapidly develop entrepreneurial skills, to grow…

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Philip Foster – Leadership Flexibility for the New Workforce

– Philip Foster   We live in an emerging globalized mobile world of dispersed cloud workers. More than ever, we see individuals and organizations trading their traditional offices for work from home, coffee houses, and nearly anywhere in the world with Internet connection. This isn’t a trend found in the for-profit space alone; nonprofit organizations…

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Cynthia Adams – Simple Ways to Expand Your Grant Support

– Cynthia M. Adams   In our semiannual State of Grantseeking survey, we regularly hear, “We apply to grantmakers we are familiar with, but do not have time to search for other funding sources for specific projects or needs.” It’s easy to get stuck on a treadmill when it comes to grantseeking, and very difficult…

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Russell Dennis – Leadership: the High Innovation Quotient

– Russell Dennis   Innovation has been a key driver of business for many years. Leaders at the most profitable companies are always looking for ways to reinvent themselves. Look at Apple, Samsung, and Amazon. Need more proof of the power of innovation? Try Airbnb, Uber, and Snapchat. They are transforming the way we do…

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Cheryl Snapp Conner – What Gives a Program Wings?

– Cheryl Snapp Conner   There’s a particular challenge in the marketing of social responsibility causes. By their very nature, these programs are founded on principles of doing good. But the altruistic core of these projects is dangerously seductive: How could an idea fail when it is so badly needed, and when the motives for…

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