As a nonprofit leader, if you've ever felt the pressure to go it alone then I hope this week's question will help you explore a different (and less lonely) way to lead.
I love learning. Most of the time. And then there are the times when learning sucks ....
When you’re working on your management skills, and that feedback conversation didn’t go as planned
When you’re a new ED, and that whole board thing is turning out to be way harder than you imagined
When you’re trying to get better at something that’s really important to you, but you’re starting to doubt if you’ll ever be as good as you want to be
What if the key to better thinking is less about clearing your schedule to make space, and more about capitalizing on the times and places where natural, uninterrupted thought is already happening? If you feel like you’re constantly consumed by your to do list, this week’s video blog (yes, VIDEO!) is for you.
Being busy is so 2015. Today’s trend? Simplify. Declutter. Focus.
Less. Is. More.
Imagine that instead of having to do all the things to become a better leader, you could choose to do just one thing and achieve far greater results.
When you become a new parent you get a lot of advice. Now don’t get me wrong – some of the pieces of advice I’ve gotten over the past few months have been lifesavers. But nothing has been more valuable than the times when friends and family have held back on the advice and asked a question instead.
When you have a rockstar consultant doing great work for your nonprofit organization, nearing the end of your contract with him or her can be a real downer. You may be wondering, “how are we going to keep up this momentum once our consultant leaves?”
Sometimes I have to work on the weekend, and typically I’m not too stoked about it. But this upcoming weekend is a different story. On Sunday I’ll be spending the day with 27 incredible philanthropic leaders from across the country as I co-lead Exponent Philanthropy’s Coaching for Effective Philanthropy Program. During our time together, I’ll be supporting these funders to develop one skill that can transform the way they lead their foundations … Listening.
Let’s talk about what to do when things get off track with your consultant. Because let’s be honest, no consultant or consulting engagement has been, or ever will be, completely perfect. So, when you’re starting to get frustrated with your consultant, or you feel a more subtle sense of “things could be going better here,” follow these 4 simple steps to get things back on track...
When you’re working with a consultant to create transformational change - in your nonprofit and in yourself as a leader - your relationship requires deep trust, honest communications, and complete transparency. This kind of intimate relationship takes effort to create and maintain. You need to start building the foundation from the very beginning of your work together, and you can do that with this one simple step.
In the vast sea of nonprofit consultants (especially here in DC), it can be hard to find your perfect match. So once you’ve done your prep work, what’s the best way to find a great consultant to work on your project?
We are excited to debut our brand-new website and we wanted to share it with you all first! We won’t keep you from exploring the site (which we know you’re eager to do), but we do want to point out a few features we are particularly excited about before you start clicking away.
Over the next several weeks, we will be writing a series of blog posts on how you can partner effectively with consultants to advance your nonprofit’s effectiveness and impact. Tune in to get practical, step-by-step tips that will leave you, your team, and your consultant thrilled with the results that you’ve created for your organization.
Your nonprofit is ready to embark on a strategic planning process, and energies are high. Everyone is excited to come together, think creatively about how your organization can be even better, and forge a new, ambitious path forward! And next thing you know … the planning process is coming to an end and, while you’ve got a shiny new strategic plan, in reality very little changes. Sound familiar?
Everyone wants a flexible strategic plan, and yet so many nonprofits continue to churn out the traditional plan that charts one direct path from point A to point B. It’s like going to the salon for a pixie cut and walking out with a perm. What’s up with that?
So, you’re gearing up for another strategic planning process (because when are you not?), and this time you’re committed to creating a plan that your organization will be proud to call its own.
Your inner critic. That self-defeating, trash-talking voice that tries to convince you that you aren’t good, smart, prepared, [whatever] enough to take on that big project, have that difficult conversation, rock your upcoming speaking gig, start a new thing … go after your dreams.
Over the past month, I’ve had the pleasure of supporting the personal and professional growth of 25 incredible nonprofit leaders, each of whom aspires to become an Executive Director. As I’ve watched them delve into what it takes to be an effective ED, I’ve been struck by their ability to zero in on and examine the most challenging elements of the Executive Director role.
I’m gonna go out on a limb here and guess that you’re a pretty driven person.
In my last blog I shared that I’ve been chatting with lots of non-profit Executive Directors. Over the past two weeks I’ve continued these conversations, and there’s something I’m hearing from them that’s got me all fired up.
I’m talking to a lot of nonprofit Executive Directors these days. Well, not as much talking to them as listening to them. Listening to them explain what it’s like in their shoes. Like, cut the BS, no sugar coating, here’s the real deal scoop on being an ED today.
July is one of my favorite months of the year. I can’t get enough of the sunny days that stretch into the evenings, the delicious grilled dinners that my husband makes every night (giving me a break from my normal kitchen duty), and, of course July wouldn’t be complete without … the Tour de France.
Dealing with conflict can be uncomfortable and messy, which is why many leaders and teams avoid it all together. And yet engaging in conflict allows a team to explore different perspectives and achieve real commitment to the best possible answer.
As a leader, feedback is essential. It tells us what makes us effective, unique, and compelling, so that we can continue to grow in those areas. It also makes us aware of behaviors and attitudes that detract from our leadership effectiveness, so that we can open them up to examination and, if we’re willing, change.
I am so happy that you’re here for the fifth and final video in my training series, 5 Simple Steps to Strategic Planning Success!
In today’s training video, we tackle step 4 of the 5 strategic planning steps.
You know what a SWOT analysis is, right? Of course you do! You probably can’t count on your hands the number of times you’ve participated in a SWOT analysis. Last week I met with a nonprofit leadership team, and one of their long-standing staff members recalled 30 years of SWOT analyses!
When was the last time you dreamt about the future of your organization? I’m not talking about careful planning or smart strategizing for the future (we’ll get to that in steps 4 and 5 of the strategic planning process). I’m talking about real dreaming – expansive, unbound, imaginative thought – about what’s possible for your nonprofit organization.
I am so excited to announce my new free series, 5 Simple Steps to Strategic Planning Success. In this 5-part training series, you’ll get short, easy-to-follow videos and actionable worksheets that will demystify the strategic planning process and help you develop a strategic plan for your nonprofit … one step at a time.
I used to think that it’s never too early for a nonprofit to put together a strategic plan. Even from the early days, shouldn’t all organizations have a compelling vision for the future and a plan that focuses its limited resources in a smart and strategic way?
I read a Washington Post article this week that reported that basically every single person hates performance reviews. Even people who claim to want to learn and develop new skills.
Hi, I'm Jen Lachman,
founder and principal of Lachman Consulting. In 2013, I launched Lachman Consulting to bring my gifts and experience to support leaders and teams that are working to create positive change in the world.