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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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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John Maxwell – Enlarge Those Around You

– Dr. John C. Maxwell   Before the NBA ever heard of Shaquille O’Neal, Dikembe Mutombo, Tim Duncan, Hakeem Olajuwon, or Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, center players Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell changed professional basketball. Chamberlain was a great scorer and Russell was known more for his defense, but they played above the rim like no centers…

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Elliot Jones – The Design Corner

– Elliot Jones   In talking about design for organizations, an important aspect of the classes I teach, credibility immediately comes to mind. How your website and material look makes or breaks your credibility. If you have a mishmash of uncoordinated content, or your website looks like you paid $15 for it, your credibility can…

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Building and Maintaining a Community is a Process!

– Todd Greer   We constantly read of organizations that do ‘community building.’ What does that mean? How does the community remain intact after it is built? ‘Community management’ and ‘community building’ are terms that have become part of the lexicon for a wide variety of organizations, from nonprofits to coworking spaces, and for membership…

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Living Your Strengths, Not Your Weaknesses

Dr. Al Winseman, Senior Learning Consultant for Gallup and author of Living Your Strengths, was our guest on Nonprofit Exchange on June 9, 2015. We focused on the importance of understanding and acting on the greatest strengths that we have as individuals and as organizations. Too often, many of us in all sectors, but especially…

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Creative Care of Stakeholders

– Sandy Birkenmaier Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D., published a piece in his newsletter this week on why senior citizens should live in jails and criminals should be housed in nursing homes. It was meant to be humorous, but there is often a very fine line between humor and philosophy. Dr. T spoke of how seniors in…

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Active Membership Pays!

Sales of gym memberships and exercise equipment rise significantly every year around January 1st. We all know this is true because most of us have made a New Year’s resolution to get in better shape. But what happens when February comes around and the sky is gray and it is just too cold, or we…

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