Penny Zenker – Incorporating New Perspectives

– Penny Zenker   What difference does a perspective make? Remaining open to new perspectives and integrating them into your life creates greater flexibility and a greater capacity. It is easy to get involved in a community with like interests. At the same time, it is easy to get discouraged, bogged down, burnt out, stressed,…

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Creating Harmonious Cultures: Orchestrating Excellence

– Hugh Ballou You don’t get harmony when everyone sings the same note. – Doug Floyd Teams are like orchestras. People with different skills and personalities create harmony by playing different notes. We can blend by singing the same note; however, most of the time we need color, dimension, and depth in the sound and…

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Katie Edwards – Co-Location: Shared Space for Nonprofits

– Katie Edwards   Has your community been touched by the coworking revolution? These hip, new, open-concept workspaces are providing the start-up tech developer, freelance graphic designer, and the independent accountant an alternative to working from the corner coffee shop. Their flexible memberships give individuals and small businesses access to a full-service office space, with…

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Scott S. Smith – The Value of Knowing History

– Scott S. Smith   American philosopher George Santayana famously said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Even those who do know the facts of history may misunderstand the lessons or believe their talents will enable them to transcend the lessons that apply to lesser mortals. Charles XII of Sweden…

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Devin Thorpe – Giving for Impact: the Parable of the Star Thrower

– Devin D. Thorpe   Most people are familiar with Loren Eisley’s story of The Star Thrower. At least they think they are. Most of us have heard a saccharine version of the story. The original version differs from the familiar version in some key ways, teaching us important principles about giving for impact. In…

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Adam Grant – Givers, Takers, Matchers, and Reciprocity Rings

– Adam Grant   The nonprofit world has largely been built on the importance of giving to accomplish real needs in communities across the globe. Yet, oftentimes giving (or more correctly in my research, Givers) get a bad rap. The fact that we, in our communities, are surrounded by Takers (see below) makes us a…

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Successful Leaders Have a Passion for Giving Back

– Hugh Ballou   Giving is part of success. Transformational Leaders focus on vision, build leaders on teams, transform vision into reality, create a culture of excellence, and leave a legacy. Giving back shows up in many forms. At CEO Space International’s Business Growth Conferences, new members are told not to ask for anything, instead…

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Rob Touchstone – Doing Well and Doing Good! The Well Coffeehouse

– Rob Touchstone   Typically, when we think about giving to a cause, we see it as one-sided, that we’re making sacrifices for the sake of others. That’s what giving is: you’re giving to someone else. At The Well Coffeehouse, and at many organizations across our country, we are reframing that sense. We’re showing you…

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Nonprofits that Work – The Well Coffeehouse

The Well Coffeehouse   They love coffee. They love people even more. The Well is a coffeehouse community with a bold vision to make a difference around the world and in the local community. As a nonprofit missional coffeehouse they exist to make money…and then give it away! And there’s more. They also exist to…

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