While others are planning summer vacations and feeling happier and a bit freer during the dog days of summer, the impassioned people who run the nonprofit sector are working as much or more, making mission happen. Nat King Cole recorded a song in 1963 with the hook, “Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer.” As a nonprofit leader, I bet you wish it were so for you.
Ten years ago I was asked to be a mentor. Although it was my first time, I felt I was ready. I had more than a decade of experience as a gift planner plus more than five years of experience as an attorney. My mentee had a few years of experience and clearly thought that I qualified. Looking back now, I realize two things. First, I know significantly more now than I did ten years ago when I voluntarily accepted that role. Second, I’m not done learning.Read More
If balance is a hallmark of self-care, then it seems most nonprofit leaders fail. Where on that list are you? Where in The Balancing Act do you interject time for self or family, full healthy meals, a workout, a mind-clearing meditation, or even a quick walk outside?Read More
In 2018, Stephen Nill invited me to share with you my most recent experience where I stepped in as the interim executive. I did that in my article, You Are Now the Interim Executive. Now What? In this article, I switch perspectives. I address the same kind of situation, but from the perspective of a board chair.Read More
“It was a dark and stormy night...” Oh, wait a minute. Isn’t that the line that Snoopy uses when beginning his epic novel? I invite to you to think about the types of dark and stormy times that sometimes visit those of us in the nonprofit world.Read More
I was part of a leadership success story that Stephen Nill has invited me to share. First, though, let me admit to him, and to you, something that was quite painful: I very nearly failed right from the start...Read More