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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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There’s a place that needs you.

And you need a place. For his entire life, Mike Elliott grew up thinking that he would be a pastor. From the time he was a young boy to his first role as a youth pastor, he thought that this was it....

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How to Find the Right Job

Finding the Right Job is About More than the Duties, Tasks, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities I was speaking with a friend recently about our career transitions and what we've learned from them. She...

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Create Your Dream Job and Build a Career

"It takes really good people to run really good organizations." Nathan Hand is all things fundraising! He fundraises by day, for a local private school. He teaches fundraising to others, at The Fund...

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The Impact of Mentoring (Part 2)

Can you say you look forward to work as much as you look forward to coming home? Alison Martin-Books and I chatted recently where she shared how she gives generously and creatively, and finds the...

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The Impact of Mentoring (Part 1)

Been there. Done that. Time to share. Alison Martin-Books and I chatted recently where she shared how she gives generously and creatively, and finds the joy in giving back. I hope her story inspires...

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How to Have Difficult Conversations

Money. Religion. Politics. There's some "common sense" that says we shouldn't discuss money, religion, or politics in polite company. Think about the last conversation that you had where one of...

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See the World and Then Go Home

"Learn the reality from those who live the reality." Mary Wright was transformed by the political demonstrations she experienced on her college campus in the late '60s. She saw firsthand how media...

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Not Just Another Day of Service

Honor King's Legacy by Not Waiting to Help. Millions of people are getting ready right now for a day of service, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Heralded by the president, charities around the...

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Feed me, Seymour

Stop consuming and start living. Starting a new business is exciting and scary. I'm a planner by nature and during my initial planning months, I sometimes felt like I was staring into a black abyss...

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A New New Year’s Resolution

How to Create Presence throughout the Year This time of year is one of my favorites because there just seems to be a level of excitement, anticipation, and jolliness that I don't sense throughout...

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What would you do?

Why coaching is different. Last week a coaching client was rehearsing with me something she wanted to say to another person. And then quickly asked, "What do you think? What would you do?" As her...

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