5 New Ways To Get Great Abs!

There is a simple reason headlines like this are used over and over again on fitness magazine covers or fitness posts on social media, etc. They work. For a whole host of reasons, many people seek slimmer midsections so they are curious about, “5 new ways. . .”  As a result, such tried and trusty…

What Else Culture Eats

Peter Drucker is credited with having said, “culture eats strategy for breakfast.” This durable quote means, of course, that no matter how elegant your plans, they will fail if the collectively team attitude is not affirming. Here is something else “culture” eats:  by-laws. If you find yourself spending huge chunks of time with a governing…

Remember When. . .

It was second weekend of March 2020, and the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the western world.  PreK-12 schools flipped almost completely during this weekend from in-person instruction and activities to virtual.  Restaurants, bars, and other public spaces closed.  Airline travel basically disappeared.  Business offices and workplaces shut down and “#WFH” became a reality for hundreds…

Some People

Welcome to 2023!  You made it.  In fact, you probably more than “made it.” You probably finished 2022 with more gift income than in calendar year 2021.  You probably achieved some important campaign goals in 2022.  You probably succeeded in a whole number of important advancement and development ways. And, you probably are tired.  Maybe…

When Mistakes Happen

A math student takes an exam and ends up with the right answer to a particular problem.  However, the professor notices that the student made a small mistake in his calculations to solve the problem.  Regardless of the student’s natural aptitude toward math, will the professor be more or less forgiving of the miscalculation if…

How Do You Give?

“What I really need are funds that have no strings attached.  What would really help us generate more impact through our programs is unrestricted money.” If you sit with nonprofit leaders of any stripe and type and ask them what they really need, this response will almost surely be in their top 2-3, if not…

Some People

Your case statement isn’t designed to delight every prospect. Your proposal isn’t crafted to appeal to every donor. Your website can’t be created to attract every visitor. Your direct mail solicitation isn’t written to enthrall every reader. You shouldn’t be seeking to connect with everyone.  That’s a fool’s errand. Far too wide and too broad a…

5 Fundamental Leadership Responsibilities

If you provide leadership to an individual or team, you have 5 responsibilities: Goals – With their input, agree to the 4-6 most meaningful goals to their role or function that should be achieved over the next year.  These goals should be specific, quantifiable or timebound; Plan – Help them (as needed) prepare and present their annual…

“That is how we’ve always done it”

No phrase in professional life is met with more frustration.  It is almost always wholly unsatisfactory as a response, hints at passive aggression, and underlies a stubborn unwillingness to change. However, “that is how we’ve always done it,” is also a helpful reminder for leaders. When that phrase is used, we tend to focus on…