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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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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Bill Stierle – 4 Steps to a Low-Drama Team

Feelings are Only Indicators! The Four Steps to a Low-Drama Team – Bill Stierle   As we’re working on our nonprofit vision, we run into roadblocks. We get aggravated that teams aren’t performing the way we wish. We get frustrated when we’re learning new software programs. We get annoyed when Bob asks about bookkeeping issues…

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Cal Turner, Jr. – Ironically, Leaders Follow

The Irony of Leadership: Leaders Follow   – Cal Turner, Jr.   Nonprofit Performance Magazine spoke with Cal Turner, Jr. We asked, “What qualities make for an effective and lasting leader?”   Interestingly, I think that being a consistent and dedicated follower is the foundation of leadership. A leader has a compelling personal mission that…

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Nonprofits Can Win the Talent War

– Jamie Notter   It seems that nonprofit organizations are at a disadvantage when it comes to attracting the best talent. We simply don’t have the resources to compete with the cool tech firms or the other corporate entities that can pay higher salaries and offer more impressive benefits. That’s not to say that we…

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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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