Leadership

Employee Loyalty

Posted on Aug 20, 2014 in Leadership, Nonprofit

Employee Loyalty Volumes have been written about donor loyalty, in fact a quick search of Google reveals that there are 1,650,000 mentions of “donor loyalty” as of this date. A question that has been swimming around in my mind of late is…what are we doing about “employee loyalty.” How do we take care of our employees so that they are not fleeing at the first possible moment? In the nonprofit world we see this in a very high turnover rate that includes both executive directors and development staff What about the people who stay? What secret ingredients are involved in keeping good people working and thriving year after year? The following posts will explore these...

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Leadership and Personal Development

Posted on Jun 27, 2013 in Inspiration, Leadership

We have all traveled enough by now to know by heart the lesson of “put your own mask on first before assisting others with theirs.” Most of us tune it out and hope we will never need the advice. As leaders, however, we ignore this bit of wisdom at our own peril. Strong and successful leadership is intimately tied to whether or not we constantly have a reliable source of oxygen in our life. Where is our energy coming from? What feeds and nourishes us? We are unable to lead others if our own passion is missing. Effective leadership in any organization is never about telling people what to do but rather showing them by our...

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Life is NOT About…

Posted on Jun 27, 2013 in home slider, Inspiration, Leadership

“Life is not about how fast you run or how high you climb but how well you bounce.” These inspiring words from the Buddha need to be a morning mantra of all consultants today, especially those working with the nonprofit sector. We are bombarded on all sides with messages of doom and gloom. Word is that the economy, while recovering, still could take ten years to reach previous heights. The media is constantly sending messages out that donor dollars are fewer this year as the economic crisis has caused people to hold a little tighter to their discretionary cash. Government itself is adding to the “black cloud” by threatening to limit tax deductions on donations to charities. What is a consultant to do? This my friend is our time! We ARE the voice that steadies the Executive Director and Board of Trustees. With words of confidence, and charts and graphs of course, we assure them that their donor development plans of engaging donors in the mission and activities of the organization has been right all along. These loyal supporters, that some call “donors,” are friends of the organizations and will stick by them, increasing donations to make up the shortfall where others have fallen. These long term relationships have been investments from both parties, and it is the consultant, with eyes and ears beyond the organization who provides the wisdom and encouragement to the Executive Director to step up to the challenge of asking for the needed support that will allow the organization to bounce and to remain strong in this...

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Time Management 2

Posted on Jun 27, 2013 in Leadership, Time Management

Another effective Time Management Strategy is to track your time. How are you spending your day? By writing down what you do and how long it takes, you begin to see where your hours and minutes are going. Maybe it is as simple as an app on your phone that you use to to see where the bulk of your time is spent. Tracking time has been recommended numerous times across many disciplines and is always the first step in changing any behavior. It is suggested because it works. You now have a better handle on what is eating up the majority of your time. Another by-product of this tool is that you will often discover when you are most productive. Are you a morning person? Do you find that the largest part of your most productive work is accomplished early in the day and by mid afternoon you are “net-surfing”? Do you plug away at the same report for hours first thing in the morning, but later in the day, your creative juices just seem to be flowing? After a week of writing down how you are spending your time you will not only know what is draining your time and energy but hopefully have a better idea on how you can arrange your schedule to be most productive and successful. Wishing you a day of time well...

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Time Management

Posted on Jun 27, 2013 in Leadership, Nonprofit, Time Management

Time issues seem to plague everyone whether you are managing a large corporation, a fledgling nonprofit or any size in between. The demands on our time have become huge and include not only the people in the near vicinity, but thanks to the Internet, connections around the world. How do you manage this constant flow of interruptions? Everyone gets the same 24 hours/1440 minutes a day. Are you able to prioritize? Do you have anyone to delegate some of the responsibility to? One strategy I have used, and that I periodically need to be reminded to return to, is the matrix below that forces me to separate the Urgent and Important form the Unimportant and Not Urgent. Urgent Not Urgent Important Office emergency Grant deadline Budget for Board Presentation for major client Strategic Planning Quality Family Time Assessment of vision and values Time for exercise and reflection Not Important Unnecessary meetings/phone calls “ping on” for email and voice mail Drop in visitors Excessive web browsing Busy work easily done by staff This is by no means everyone’s list of priorities…they vary by job and responsibility. It is an illustration of how time can be managed more effectively and by proper planning things that often appear in the Urgent/Important column can easily be scheduled into the Important/Not Urgent category. Wishing you a day of time well...

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