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15 Things Leaders Do Every Day

Posted by on Jul 31, 2014 in Leadership, Management, Organization | 0 comments

15 Things Leaders Do Every Day

I recently discovered this article on Forbes.com. It resonated with me and complemented my trademark presentation on the “12 Most Basic Keys to Success”.  All credit for this blog post is due to the author Glenn Llopis. You can find many more articles by Glenn on Forbes.com. From this specific article, I am listing the 15 things most successful leaders do everyday. Listen up and enjoy! 1.  Make Others Feel Safe to Speak-Up Many times leaders intimidate their colleagues with their title and power when they walk into a room.  ...

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7 Lessons Learned (Because I Failed)

Posted by on Jun 8, 2014 in Development, Donor Relations, Event Planning and Production, Fundraising, KeyNotes, Leadership, Marketing, Philanthropy, Presentations, Storytelling | 0 comments

7 Lessons Learned (Because I Failed)

Recently I’ve been on a speaking binge. I’m not sure why the flurry of activity, but within the past few months I’ve received invitations to speak at several national, state and local conferences and to a variety of nonprofit organizations.  I’ve enjoyed each opportunity to share my thoughts and meet new friends. I’ve been especially grateful for the excellent references and reviews I’ve consistently received from the groups I’ve been speaking to. It’s been a confidence-inspiring whirlwind of...

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Time Management By Quadrant

Posted by on May 31, 2014 in Board Development, Leadership, Management, Organization, Resources | 0 comments

Time Management By Quadrant

Managing time is never easy. Life moves fast and we all have responsibilities that often overlap, or even collide. Maybe this simple illustration of how I am managing my time will be helpful to you….that’s my hope!   Remember, there are only 24 hours in every day, no matter what we do. Make them...

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I like bacon with my bacon, please.

Posted by on Apr 14, 2014 in Branding, Communications, Development, Fundraising, Leadership, Management | 0 comments

I like bacon with my bacon, please.

What was it Benjamin Franklin said? Oh yeah, “The only things certain in life are death and taxes.” I would like to echo that sentiment. Life keeps marching on, but to its own drummer. I may have a certain cadence in my mind, but somehow “life” always overpowers with a heavy drum beat that isn’t at all what I had in mind. Peaceful tranquility? What’s that? Blissful retirement? Not on your life. Gentle breezes flowing through flowing golden locks…are you kidding me? First of all, I’m a...

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Just Get It Done!

Posted by on Mar 28, 2014 in Development, Fundraising, Management | 0 comments

Just Get It Done!

Reposting a blog post from the past…hope you enjoy it! I’m moving. And working. And stressing over both. I’ve packed for 7 straight days. I just want to get it done. As I was packing, while responding to business emails on my iPhone and scrambling to find 20 consecutive minutes to draft copy for a client, I realized that my current craziness is actually pretty normal for a fundraiser, or a leader, or a mom. Aren’t all of our days filled with the critical tasks that must get done, the tasks that are the actual backbone...

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Thomas Jefferson had it right.

Posted by on Feb 19, 2014 in Communications, Development, Donor Relations, Fundraising, Fundraising, Leadership | 0 comments

Thomas Jefferson had it right.

One of my favorite excursions when visiting the East coast is a trip to Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson. The house and gardens reflect the personality of this great American leader. On the official Monticello website, there is a page dedicated to Thomas Jefferson’s canons of personal behavior. Today is a good day to revisit these canons and remind ourselves that how we conduct ourselves and how we treat others is a reflection, not only on ourselves, but on the organization we work with, the cause we believe in, and those who...

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Donors are not ATM’s

Posted by on Jan 27, 2014 in Board Development, Communications, Development, Donor Relations, Fundraising, Fundraising | 1 comment

Donors are not ATM’s

A recent training I attended gave me pause. In a particular session, which I attended with a group of nonprofit executive directors, the focus was on financials. On this day of the financial training, as we were reviewing balance sheets and applying the “acid test” to determine a nonprofit’s financial standing, one organization was upside down with a ratio of .0494:1.05 (.05 in assets to every $1.05 in liabilities – not a good situation.) The facilitator asked the group to comment on what should be done based on the negative ratio;...

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Philanthropy rocks.

Posted by on Dec 13, 2013 in Development, Fundraising, Philanthropy | 0 comments

Philanthropy rocks.

I’ve been a nonprofit person for decades. I’ve led organizations. I’ve raised money. I’ve lifted heavy boxes. I’ve swept floors after events. I’ve collected dues. I’ve managed silent auctions. I’ve built fundraising plans. I’ve drafted marketing content. I’ve packed boxes. I’ve done research. I’ve written grants. I’ve crafted mission statements. I’ve redirected entire vision statements so they align with the mission. I’ve told stories. I’ve shared...

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Your Board and Fundraising

Posted by on Nov 25, 2013 in Board Development, Development, Fundraising, Fundraising, Leadership, Management, Non-profit Organization, Philanthropy, Presentations, Storytelling | 1 comment

Your Board and Fundraising

Next week I will be facilitating a 3-hour Board Training workshop in Washington DC. Our focus is on the board’s role in fundraising and how each unique member can be effective in helping with a nonprofit organization’s fundraising efforts. As I’ve prepared for the training, it’s become very apparent to me that many board members don’t see themselves as fundraisers. Even more concerning, they don’t want to be involved in fundraising. There are differing views on a board member’s role in fundraising for...

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Do Be Do Be Do

Posted by on Oct 25, 2013 in Communications, Development, Event Planning and Production, Fundraising, Leadership, Management, Organization, Resources, Techy Stuff | 0 comments

Do Be Do Be Do

I am underwhelmed by a lot of things, including my own organizational abilities at times. But today I am overwhelmed with the to-do list that greeted me so cheerfully this morning with multiple beeps and toots from my MacBook and iPhone. I wanted to holler – “I surrender, you win!! May the sound cloud in the great internet void beep forever, but please PLEASE leave me alone!” To do lists save me. They are also my worst enemy. I love them and hate them. I follow them and ignore them. I create them and then redo them. My name...

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