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Weekend Words of Wisdom #8

Encourage the Heart Without encouragement and celebration, leaders would be missing the critical relationship with their followers. An encouraging word, a visit, or notes of support or recognition are all tools of a leader who desires a transformational relationship with his or her followers. Celebrations are important and an essential ingredient to organizational health. However,…

13 Ways to Engage Major Donors

By Andrew Olsen CFRE Chronicle of Philanthropy recently reported that big gifts from major donors are on the decline.  Their analysis of recent studies confirms giving patterns of wealthy donors today mirror those of the Great Depression.  It’s likely this means you may have to delay or scale back expectations for major campaigns. But more than anything, it…

Succession Planning: 5 Critical Action Steps

 By Diane Kucala   Most organizations understand that making the right hiring choices and building teams is essential to success. However, to create sustainable legacy, succession planning must be nurtured. Organizations committed to succession planning and legacy are able to transcend one single era of people and imbed their mission and values across generations of people.…

Weekend Words of Wisdom #7

Lead All The Time When you are the leader, all you have to do is walk into a room and the eyes turn to you to start the meeting, approve the agenda, offer or assign the opening prayer, manage the progression of topics, review the action steps, and disband. You may have delegated such responsibilities…

6 Steps for Developing Future Leaders

 By Kirk Kramer and Preeta Nayak Developing future leaders is a long-term undertaking demanding ongoing attention. And often the biggest challenge can be knowing where and how to start. We have developed a few suggestions for nonprofit leaders just beginning their leadership development journey. 1. Begin at the Beginning Complete our “Leadership Development Diagnostic Survey.”…

3 Keys for Building Engagement

By Sherry Surratt How do you get people to engage with your parachurch ministry, church, or business? Whether it’s getting people in the pew or finding clients for your service, it really is all about relationships. Here are a few relationship lessons we’ve learned at Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) International over nearly 40 years of…

Weekend Words of Wisdom #6

The Measure of Character Being a great leader is far more than just focusing on achieving great results. Character-based leaders are winning the battle for the soul of their organizations. With daily vigilance, you can communicate your organizations values, focus on mission, stay on strategy, be the eyes that on one sees, and build community.…

The One Question That Changes Everything

By E.G. “Jay” Link  I like it when someone “cuts to the chase” giving me the bottom line of what they want to say without including all the details.  I am often guilty of helping people finish their sentences so they can more quickly get to the point.  I assume some of you might be…

Weekend Words of Wisdom #5

The Value of Self-awareness Leading people is complex, invigorating, and unusually humbling. For this reason it is vital that a leader clearly understand his or her strengths, as well as areas for improvement. Here are five questions I have found especially helpful in my own developmental journey: Am I truly committed to lifelong learning? Do…

12 Benefits of Social Media

by Paul Steinbrueck I was discussing with some other folks ideas for how to use social media more effectively. It occurred to me that before you can figure out how to get better at something, you’ve got to know why you’re doing it, what you hope to gain from it. So, why use social media?…

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