F. Douglas Powe, Jr. and Jasmine Rose Smothers – Success Now!

Partnering for “Now” Success – F. Douglas Powe, Jr., and Jasmine Rose Smothers   We have all heard those famous words, “the children are our future.” In Not Safe for Church: Ten Commandments for Reaching New Generations, we argue that, for Millennials (young people born between the early 1980s and early 2000s ), the future…

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Hannah Ubl – All Voices Matter: Collaboration Across Generations

– Hannah Ubl   I’ll never forget my first day of kindergarten. With new backpack and light-up sneakers, I sat down at my assigned seat and looked at a giant purple sign that read, “There is no I in team.” This would become the motto of elementary school, middle school and high school. Collaboration was…

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Bob VandePol – Leading Organizational Resilience after Tragedies

– Bob VandePol   It can happen here. When tragedy strikes an organization, all stakeholders immediately look to their leadership for direction. The leader’s response during the first hours of a crisis offers both tremendous opportunity and serious risk for the subsequent outcome. That positive or negative response will echo throughout the organization’s strata as…

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Whit Babcock – Leading Through Transition

– Whit Babcock   One of the great challenges facing nonprofit leaders today is leading in times of transition. We had an opportunity to speak with Whit Babcock, Athletic Director at Virginia Tech. We asked him about how leaders in the social benefit realm can grow their organizations, how to develop and maintain talent in…

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Bob Fox – Workspace Impacts Work Culture

– Bob Fox   Recently, I participated in a focus group for the book Change Your Space, Change Your Culture, which looks at what affects performance in the workplace. Driven by research showing that nearly 70% of the workforce is disengaged, we focused much of our energy on issues of engagement and culture. Every organization…

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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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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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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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