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Stop the Meeting Madness

Ineffective meetings are a waste of time (and, of course, money) and correlate with lower work satisfaction.  Organizations are rethinking their approach to meetings in an effort to focus on “deep work.”  This Harvard Business Review article encourages systemic change around how businesses look at and lead meetings.  It includes some easy suggestions about how
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Race Matters

This summer I received an email from a former student who wrote that she was “saddened and disappointed by the lack of attention, acknowledgement, and concern for the Black and Brown staff and clients” within her nonprofit organization and the society at large. She went on to say that management had neglected to open a
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Mergers

Of all the work I do, perhaps the most difficult is helping organizations work through the challenges of a successful merger. Here are a few of my learnings… Mergers take time. Mergers take time, a lot of time. There is no way around it. It takes time to build trusting relationships, especially in a process
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Here’s to a Healthy and Productive 2016 (with Change)!

We are just a few weeks into 2016, a year that promises to be an interesting ride! Although I would love to join the fray and write about politics, I will continue to focus on the nonprofit world. Here are a few thoughts on where nonprofits should put their energy and resources in 2016. Balance
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Having Difficult Conversations

Many years ago I had a boss who gave two types of feedback. You were either “phenomenal,” “extraordinary,” “a spark plug” (that was a really good thing) or you were “not strategic,” “bland” (I wasn’t often called that), “lazy.” Being called either fantastic or awful is not helpful. And that is a missed opportunity. Giving
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Why should nonprofit boards care about diversity?

Does Your Board Reflect Who You Are and Who You Want To Be? Why should nonprofit boards care about their diversity? Nonprofit boards need diversity – racial diversity, gender diversity, thought diversity, experience diverse. Most nonprofit boards lack diversity by most demogr aphic measures. In his recent article “The Wall Street Takeover of Nonprofit Boards,”
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Let the conversations begin!

I am a social worker who believes passionately in the potential of nonprofit organizations to enrich our lives, strengthen our communities and transform our world. Over the past 25 years, I have worked in human service agencies, led a private foundation, taught management courses on the graduate level, and served on many boards and commissions.
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