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.”
“…a delicate balance is required between management being responsible for the financial performance of any creative work and, in exercising that responsibility, being careful not to encroach on the creative processes in harmful and counterproductive ways.”
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.
“Had I known what the future would have held, I might have taken more classes in business or read more about the role of a manager. “
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
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