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Helping Nonprofit Managers Become Effective Leaders

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Fundraising Tips For Managers

“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.”

There's Nothing Mickey Mouse About Leadership

“…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.”

Your First Day On The Job

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.

Tips For Being On Time

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.

Even Tiger Woods Had A Coach

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.

Leaders Learn To Listen

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.

Thanks for the Kind Words

In the first few weeks since I launched this blog and my consulting business, I’ve received many kind words. It is deeply appreciated.

Motivating the Unmotivated

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.

Managing In Times Of Trauma

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.

Why I Won't Ever "Retire"

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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