Motivation series: A year of Covid

We have been in a global pandemic for one year, with a mixed sense of how much longer we have to go. So how’s your motivation?

Feedback series: Using feedback from funders

The feedback we really want is a big check. But how can we make the most of what funders are telling us whether they fund us or not?

Feedback series: Leading with effective feedback

How can we use feedback to make our organizations better? How can leaders deliver feedback in ways that help staff grow and improve? 

Feedback series: Learning from reporting to funders

Recently, we have talked about making a strong start to the new year. One of the themes that has come up over and over is collecting data, reflecting on it, and using it. So, for the next few weeks, we will be talking about feedback: in this episode, the humble end of year report. An…

Build community with social media

What does it mean to do social media “well?” How do we measure output vs. engagement? What are the unexpected benefits when using social media as a not-for-profit leader? 

The first 100 days

The first 100 days of a leader’s tenure are the most important.  Why? Well, the concept has been used for leaders of corporations as well and some nonprofits. If you are a new leader or planning a transition, your first 100 days in a new role, or at a new organization or, hey, even a…

Measuring SES series: Income, need, and living wages

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post on socio-economic status (SES). SES is usually understood to be a combination of three things: income, education, and occupation. There are multiple reasons why we might ask such as establishing need, making sure that we are reaching the population that needs our services, or making sure…

A unique approach to an annual appeal with Ann O’Brien

Extraordinary times call for creative approaches to getting your message out. This fall, we were joined by Chris Lysy to talk about unconventional communication. We learned how effective pictures can be.

Joy and resilience

In stressful and uncertain times, we don’t often emphasize joy. But this week, Thaddeus Miles joined us to talk about joy as an act of resistance, a way of claiming our agency, and a source of resilience.

Measuring socio-economic status

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a blog post on gathering race and ethnicity data on a survey or form. One of my readers commented that socio-economic status (SES) was also important and related. A very good point. SES intersects with other social constructs such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and…