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Why Accountability Makes Us Uncomfortable

Nothing strikes terror in most people's eyes than the word, "accountability." My hunch is that we when we hear it, we think that all of our work habits, schedule, thoughts, assumptions, etc. are...

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What to do with your great idea

Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast. Lewis Carroll via the Queen of Hearts I love this quote from Alice in Wonderland because I'm an idea woman. There are...

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You are awesome just the way you are.

You are awesome. Just the way you are. Today. I recently watched Trolls the movie and, sweet Jesus, did I love it. There's glitter, rainbows, singing, dancing, hugs, glitter. Did you know Trolls hug...

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Manage the outcome, not just the task

People are remarkably bad at remembering long lists of goals. I learned this at a professional level when trying to get my high-performance coaching clients to stay on track; the longer their lists...

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Why I Stopped Working with Toxic People

At one point in my personal development I found myself reading a lot about how to fix/work with/not poke in the eye toxic people. We all have those co-workers we just can't stand and have a variety...

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Innovation is easier than you think.

Michelangelo said it best: Criticize by creating. I'm always fascinated by the amount of complaining that goes on in our world. No, really, I find it so intriguing! People can and will find anything...

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It’s time to work harder.

On this blog I've been trying to say, "Work smarter," for the past 2 years. I've been saying, "Don't give your employer your whole life. Stop saying Yes so often. Find focus. Be productive." I heard...

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How to Get More “Best Days Ever”

Have you ever thought about how your life could be different if you could live the best day ever almost every single day? It's possible, but it takes work on your part to make it happen. I wanted to...

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Division vs. Integrity

This election season has been truly heartbreaking to witness. Today I saw a Facebook post where a man was wearing a t-shirt that said, "Journalist. Tree. Rope. Some assembly required." When did it...

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Your Life’s Work is to Feel Alive

Our clients, colleagues, and organizations are best served by competent, passionate people who are self aware and doing impactful work. If you’re like so many, your career has taken many unexpected...

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Do You Celebrate Others’ Superpowers?

One of my most treasured pieces of feedback was when a colleague said, "Wow, Stefanie, you're a really good problem solver." We were working at her desk troubleshooting a weird technology problem...

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Do you struggle to be yourself?

I have a happy dance. It was invented in an IU dorm room with  my friend, Sally, when  I was 19. I use it to celebrate occasions of all kinds: great news, good news, not-so-bad news, when my client...

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Another F-Word to Use Instead of Feedback

Receiving feedback usually gets me a little nervous. I find myself uneasy, embarrassed, and sometimes even feeling ashamed of my work. I'm not alone. I've heard from many others that feedback often...

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How to Unplug and Find Focus

Have you ever thought about your process for intentionally disconnecting from work? I remember when I used to commute thirty minutes each way. My thoughts on the drive to work were about work. And...

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What Commitment Looks Like

A few years ago a recovering addict told me that she felt she had lost integrity with herself. She considered herself a liar because she wasn't following through on the promises she made: the...

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Every Hour with a Friend Makes You Well

Psychological studies show that loneliness and isolation are more detrimental to our health than almost any physical deprivation. Babies who aren't held and talked to enough simply fail to live. For...

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How a Great Career Can Lead to Wellness

So much of our identity — and our health — is wrapped up in our careers. It's one of the first things we ask others about when we meet them and it is often how we describe ourselves to others. When...

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5 Areas of Health and Wealth

Up until just a few weeks ago, whenever I thought of wellness programs, I immediately thought of walking  challenges, fitness goals, and less donuts in my life. I recently saw a speaker who really...

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Get Past Your Frustrations

My husband and I are becoming foster parents soon. It's been an interesting adventure in bureaucracy and self awareness. We're both super excited, but in my not-so-strong moments the self doubt...

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Everyone Has These 6 Needs

I love to use assessments for my own personal development and that of my clients. Especially when you're busy (helping others, building a creative business that pursues profit and purpose, etc.)...

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How to Make a Difference

It's really hard to see the needs of the world and not want to fix it all. The statistics are staggering: Poor nutrition causes nearly half (45%) of deaths in children under five - 3.1 million...

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How to make life less difficult

Start your day with some simple changes. We've all had those days (weeks, months) where nothing seems to go right. There are days when I feel like an awkward teenager. I can't communicate clearly....

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How to Dream Big as a Do-Gooder (Part 2)

The Secret is to Become a Great Problem Solver. There are two parts to any dream worth pursuing. The first is a vision of what you really want. Or some people may describe it as a destination on a...

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How to Dream Big as a Do-Gooder (Part 1)

And Make Your Dreams Come True Admittedly, this title is pretty lofty and makes a really big promise: that your dreams can come true! What I'm really describing here are those Big Hairy Audacious...

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Is fundraising a profession?

This is the first part of an ongoing conversation between the artful fundraiser and Radiancy Coaching Partners. Get the latest post each week by signing up here and share your thoughts in the...

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Why I Admire the Homeless

They're resilient in a way I'm not. Being homeless is hard. This seems obvious, but for those of us who are comfortable everyday, I'm not sure we give it enough thought. I know I don't. As the...

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Are you in listen-only mode?

How to connect with others by being listened to Recently I've had a couple of coaching clients say to me, "I feel really vulnerable doing all the talking for so long." We're 30 minutes into an...

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Heartbreak Hotel

Relying on Others is a Form of Generosity My husband and I met some new friends downtown last weekend, Dave and Tony (not their real names). They were quite the pair. Tony has cerebral palsy and is...

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Charity is Love, not Canned Tuna

The opposite of love isn't hate; it's fear. Have you ever sat through a nonprofit meeting where the fear of perception of a decision was paralyzing? Absolutely paralyzing? Vu is an irreverent,...

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Three Questions to Ask Yourself Everyday

Your Answers Might Surprise You If you are like so many, you started your career thinking that there were one or two paths that you’d like to take to be successful: e.g. from new graduate to...

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Volunteers: Check Yo Self

Your assumptions are keeping you from connecting. Recently Indy celebrated a city-wide, three-day volunteer effort through a local service club. Companies and their employees volunteered for...

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Homelessness is Loneliness

Both are curable. I met Kevin (not his real name) right here on this sidewalk, but with an additional 12" of snow and in below-zero temperatures.  It was just a few days before Christmas 2013. My...

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We’re All At Risk.

There are 3 types of poverty. Chances are you have some. We've all seen the commercials and ads for charities that serve the at-risk of this world. I used to write these. I never quite knew what it...

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The World is Not Your Stage

Listening Will End Poverty In this article in the New Republic last November, Stop Trying to Save the World: Big Ideas are Destroying International Development, the author describes a good idea gone...

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Your Neighborhood Looks Terrible

Is it safe? When I tell most people where I live, I first see their faces fall and then they ask, "Is it safe?" (I'm about a block from a certain corner in the city which is known for drugs,...

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The Secret to Avoiding Burnout

Coffee is Fuel for the Rat Race This slogan for a local coffee shop makes me laugh and cry. I love me some coffee...like, really, love it. I probably love it too much. (Hmm...note to self: I should...

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Why is Accomplishing Nothing Acceptable?

It's time to start asking the hard questions. Recently a coaching client was telling me that he hadn't done much on a board and a sub-committee he is a member of. He was trying to summarize those...

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I Don’t Have Enough Time

We all have 168 hours each week. Choose how you use yours. Busyness is a badge of honor nowadays. The easiest and quickest response is often, "I can't. I don't have time." What a load of junk. The...

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Give Yourself Permission to Say, “No”

Saying, "No," to the Wrong Things Allows You to Say, "Yes!" to Your Vision Right after Hurricane Katrina I was working for a local nonprofit in Indy. We had evacuees from the Super Dome arriving...

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Take it all off.

Wearing your activities like a Scout's badge? It's time to take them off. For many of us in the nonprofit world, our identities are caught up in what we do: who we serve, where we're employed, where...

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Labels are for cans, not people

We're quick to put labels on others so we can determine how they need to be fixed. The language we use for those who are served by the nonprofit world can be disheartening. We often use...

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OCD: Over-Controlling Donor

Create a purposeful strategy for giving throughout the year that aligns with your values. You'll feel less likely to control how the gift is used. This post is an appeal letter to all donors, from a...

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How to Pick the Best Nonprofit Job

You won't know which job is best for you based on the job description. I've read and written hundreds of job descriptions. Frankly, they don't tell the whole story of working for a certain charity,...

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Step 3 of Your Nonprofit Job Search

Secret #3: Be prepared. Yes, like a Scout, you need to be prepared for every potential job interaction. In the first two posts in this series, we covered the first two steps: 1. Find clarity in your...

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