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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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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Leadership is Transformation of Self, Then Organization

– Hugh Ballou   Examine the word transform. It does not merely mean change, or we would use that word. It is a verb with an expanded vision and is much more transcendent. It implies a deeper, more fundamental alteration of our very form (to trans – form). The continuing process of transformation begins with…

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Brian Rusch – Striving for Healing

– Brian Rusch Ubuntu is very difficult to render into a Western language. It speaks of the very essence of being human. When we want to give high praise to someone we say, ‘Yu, u nobunto’; ‘Hey so-and-so has ubuntu.’ Then you are generous, you are hospitable, you are friendly and caring and compassionate. You share…

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Albert Winseman – The Power of a Strengths-Based Team

– Albert L. Winseman, D.Min.   There’s nothing like watching a great team in action. Like many sports fans across North America, I was transfixed by the 2015 NBA finals matchup between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors. It was a great series, and Cavaliers star LeBron James almost willed his injury-ridden team…

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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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Paul Born – Collaboration: Multisector Engagement

– Paul Born   I have found in my work at the Tamarack Institute that when supporting organizations develop large-scale collaborations to impact systemic change, two issues arise early in the discussions. The first is a desire to reach out to organizations that are similar. Nonprofits mainly want to talk to nonprofits, businesses want to…

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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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Ben Simon – Bringing Positive Change: Food Recovery Network

– Ben Simon   Millennials, as a generation, are probably both more idealistic and more practical than previous generations. We care a lot about changing the world. We want to shop at businesses that take care of their employees and care about the environment and social responsibility. We want to make a good living, but…

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Nonprofits that Work – Food Recovery Network

Food Recovery Network   At an age when most college students are wrapped up in exams, parties, sports, and courting, a few students at the University of Maryland, College Park, noticed a problem: huge amounts of leftover food from campus dining halls and sports events being thrown away. While students were enjoying meals in dining…

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