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.
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.
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.