Today on LEADERSHIP PLUS, Even board members who are not comfortable with fundraising can still do their part to help out a nonprofit organization.
Making a good first impression as a new boss is extremely important. Here are some tips that will help you get started on you new job when you are the boss.
Since the arrival of the Coronavirus we are learning new ways of leading our organizations. We still aren’t out of the woods yet. I want to share some thoughts to think about.
Are you planning to look for a new job but are concerned about your chances during these difficult economic times? Are you stuck in a job or career that no longer inspires you? It’s time to take a step forward. Since I launched my executive coaching and consulting service, a significant portion of my conversations haveContinue reading “Is It Time To Look For A New Job?”
Tom Langmyer, is one of those most respected and talented managers in the broadcast business. He caught me pleasantly off guard recently with a post on his Facebook page. Langmyer is CEO of Great Lakes Media Corporation and was previously Vice President and General Manager for WGN in Chicago, KMOX in St. Louis, WTMJ andContinue reading “I’m Truly Honored”
Dear Public Broadcasting Colleagues, We are fortunate to work in an amazing industry. I thought about that as I sat and watched journalists win awards at the last Wisconsin Broadcasters Association awards banquet. Despite all of the concerns that local radio is dead or dying, some very creative work was being honored. It came fromContinue reading “All Good Things Must Come To An End”
At most public media stations, the staff is small and the manager must be able to do almost everything. But when the staff grows in size, the manager needs to become an effective coach.
Sooner or later, every company and organization must deal with a crisis of their own making. How you can prepare for that eventuality?
Because of Covid, this Independence Day holiday…and the summer…may feel different. But it is still important to unplug and take some time off.
Sometimes I worry about making important decisions where the correct choice is unclear. I’m an over-thinker. Here’s a personal story about how fear impacted me.
“Every idea you have and everything you need to do should be written down.”
What percentage of your workers were born between 1980 and 1995? By 2025, Millennials will represent 75% of the working population. How are you planning to keep them engaged and with your organization? Or, are you resigned to the fact that they will move on if they can find a job that pays more thanContinue reading “Keeping Millennials Happy Working For Your Organization”
As a “recovering” journalist I’ve always been a note taker. Prior to discovering Evernote, my notes were largely jammed into file folders that were unsearchable and largely unmanageable. In “How To Take Smart Notes”, Sonke Ahrens walks us through a comprehensive organizational system that works on paper as well as digitally.
“The more successful you are, the more people want a chunk of your business and then another chunk and then another until there is nothing left.”
“Becoming a leader takes time and practice. It takes focus. It starts with a realization of the behaviors you need to embrace.”
As a manager, you undoubtedly keep track of how your employees do their work. But don’t forget that the people who report to you are keeping an eye on you too. They are watching to see how you lead, coach, and do your job. Consider what behaviors you want to be exhibiting? Go about yourContinue reading “Show Leadership Through Your Words and Actions”
We see reports of reporters being shouted at and attacked. Should we be thinking about the safety of our journalists? One University has embarked on a training program.
We are going through an incredible period of disruption. But we will get through it. Yet, we will all need to adapt. We’ve started by “social distancing” and having our employees work from home. But more changes will need to be made. For example, every nonprofit and public media organization is going have to dealContinue reading “Fundraising During A Pandemic”
The phenomena of remote workers are neither new or unusual. An emergency like Covid 19 is an excellent opportunity to see how it might work for your organization on a more permanent basis.
The chances are good that you and your team have developed the basic plans for how your organization moves forward should cases be diagnosed in your community or even in your workplace. Now it is time for you to show your leadership.
Is your organization planning for the spread of the Coronavirus? Do you have a policy or practice that states when an employee is too sick to come to work?
The ‘golden years’ of public media stations quickly grabbing six-figure grants from government and community foundations may be over, but there is still money available to support public media organizations. The problem is that few stations have a staff person focused on researching and writing grants. Plus, all grants should support specific projects. It doesn’tContinue reading “Successful Grant Writing With Limited Resources”
“What if nonprofits focused on a unique experience related to their niche?”
How a little 3″ x 5″ card holds me accountable like a long list never would.
Even board members who are not comfortable with fundraising can still do their part.
“We blame others for things that happened in the past, making our case look as plausible and sympathetic as possible.”
“There is an old adage that people give money to people they like. Yes, they want to support the good work of an organization, but if they are not comfortable with the leaders and the vision of the group, they are less likely to make a major gift.”
It is easy to say that managers should delegate projects to other staff members. But what if there is no one else available?
… it’s complicated (and if the institution is dysfunctional) you can easily learn the wrong lessons.”
Where do you start? Your first day on the job will be hectic. How do you begin setting a good impression. Here are some ideas.
I’m meticulous about not missing meetings. Someone once told me that ‘your calendar is a proxy for your priorities.’ If I commit to meeting you, I will be there.
Since I launched this new venture, I’ve had several conversations with individuals who want to be better managers, but other than learning from their own mistakes, they are unclear about where or how to start.
No organization should conduct performance reviews if they have no meaningful outcome.
By listening, you will learn about things that you couldn’t know. Front line workers have a unique perspective. Plus, by engaging your staff in an open discussion, you will get more buy-in on the outcome of the discussion.
In the first few weeks since I launched this blog and my consulting business, I’ve received many kind words. It is deeply appreciated.
Making smart decisions can be difficult but quality internal discussions and strategic planning can help.
Do you have an employee who seems to lack focus, takes a lot of time off, or regularly disappears from their desk? Have they become distant from their peers or make comments that are not appropriate for the office? Effective leaders cannot ignore such behavior.
When tragedy strikes your organization, your MBA won’t help you unless you rely on your instincts as a leader as well as a compassionate human being.
Effective leaders learn to manage up, down and sideways.
I decided that what I wanted to use the knowledge I gained by making my own mistakes to help the next generation of leaders in public media – and in other non-profits – prepare for the tasks they face