The Board of Directors: Your secret fundraising weapon or biggest headache?

Honestly, is your Board of Directors your secret weapon or biggest headache as a CEO or Executive Director of a nonprofit organization?

We all know the story of the board that does not perform at the level the Executive Director and the organization need, the frustration with unsuccessfully eliciting more commitment and engagement from board members, the painful board meetings where the ED does all the talking.

Let’s change that.

If the board is not your secret weapon catapulting you towards higher and higher levels of fundraising and program impact…keep reading.

Richard Gottlieb, Senior Services of Forsyth County’s recently retired Executive Director knows how to create such a board.  (Read more about Senior Service’s growth in this earlier post based on a generous interview with Richard early this year.)  Richard had a simple goal: “to develop the best board in town.” [Read more…]

My Writing Process Blog Tour

hummingbirdI am happy to join a whole group of talented writers on a blogging tour sharing something about their writing process.

Sara Arey passed the torch to me. She is a powerful mindset coach for entrepreneurs.  Check out her amazing work here.

What am I working on – I am excited about a couple of new projects.  I have just launched a free Skillful Means Productivity Tool Kit for my subscribers who recently completed a short survey.  (You can get it too – go here.)  It gives us a chance to work together over three weeks.  I am curious if the sustained support will help people try out some new ways of working that will create big positive jumps in productivity as well as joy in their work. (Yup, they can go together quite well.) [Read more…]

Why Your Team’s Mistakes are Essential to Grow Your Business

Want to grow leaders who take real responsibility in your business?  Pizzeria Toro owner Gray Brooks shows us how in part 2 of our interview (go here for part 1).   Conqueror this and you begin to stop wasting the likely most under-valued resource in your business – your team.

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The team in front of their temporarily shuttered storefont. All the writing in the windows encourages passers-by to dine at locally owned restaurants. See part 1 of the interview to get the latest news on the fire and the planned re-opening.

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Improve Your Communication – Get Better Business Results Now

Please share below your experience improving communication.  I would love to hear what is working for you and where there are still challenges.

5 Ways to Instantly Improve Organizational Efficiency

close up of leaf compressedIn my last post, I shared ways to open communication between you and your team, especially when things are not going well.

Positive patterns of communication release the tension that naturally builds when individuals are working to achieve ambitious goals and the necessary connections between team members are not well established.  My free e-book will help you do this (look to the right).

This post focuses more broadly on how to support positive communication across the organization.  Patterns of communication are strongly correlated to organizational efficiency. [Read more…]

Wish you could Fire Your Staff and Start Over?

messy officeHave you ever taken a leadership position in  an organization that was in need of a major turnaround? 

Ever wanted to fire all your team members and start over?

Leaders in this position often have the highest expectations of effecting change—change that will turn a poorly functioning organization into a more successful one.

You took this job because you believe in the mission of the organization and feel compelled to lend your skills and talents to improving the way the organization operates.  [Read more…]

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