What are you in the process of learning?

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

[VIDEO] Mine's yoga - what's your answer?

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. 

What’s your one thing?

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.

What becoming a mom has taught me

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.

The (contract) end is near. What's your survival plan?

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?” 

Are you listening? Here’s why you should be.

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.

Consultant woes? How to get things back on track

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...

60 critical minutes to get your consultant relationship off on the right foot.

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.

How RFPs are like eHarmony and a better way to find your match

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?

Welcome to the New Website (These Are A Few of Our Favorite Things!)

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.

Success with Consultants Starts Here

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.

Why Most Strategic Planning Fails (and 5 ways to make sure yours doesn’t)

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?

The Secret to a Flexible Strategic Plan

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?

5 Big Questions to Create a Strategic Plan That Is Really Strategic

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.

When Spooking Your Inner Critic Isn't Working

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.

How To Be Transparent Without Oversharing

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.

7 Quick Tips for Creating Change on your Board

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.