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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 met up with a friend for coffee this week, and we got to talking about coaching.
He had worked with a coach before and described the experience as life-changing. Ah, music to a coach’s ears! I wish I could have bottled up what he was saying and kept it in my pocket for those times when I’m talking to someone about coaching, and they just don’t get it.
I love this time of year. Lots of things slow down (email traffic, meetings, projects) and there’s an opening of space for what’s most important in life (for me it’s family, friends, laughter, and love).
January is just around the corner, and New Year’s resolutions are in the air! If you’re a dedicated resolution-maker, I bet you already have some ideas about what you might do differently in 2014.
On Tuesday night I attended an event to hear Richard Fairbank, the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Capital One, talk firsthand about his business journey.
Raise your hand if you have tons of free time. You get into the office in the morning and don’t even know what to do with all of the time on your hands. Anyone?
Starting something new feels exciting, creative, adventurous, courageous and, oh yeah, terrifying.
In January of this year I hit my seven-year work anniversary (thank you Linked In for the reminder!)