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20 06, 2017

The Founder’s Syndrome Chess Game and How to Resolve It

By |June 20th, 2017|blog, leadership, personal|0 Comments

If you’ve been in the nonprofit sector for a while, you may come across a phenomenon called "founder's syndrome." It can be so destructive that afflicted organizations with this syndrome, which is also called "founderitis,” can implode and close their doors. What is Founder's Syndrome? Founder's syndrome or founderitis typically revolves around the cult of [...]

8 06, 2017

Pass the Damn Ball to the Kid Who May Fumble

By |June 8th, 2017|blog, leadership, personal|Comments Off on Pass the Damn Ball to the Kid Who May Fumble

Someone recently posted the article on social media, “Dear Kids: If I Die, Please Don’t Be a Sh**head.” As a parent and grandfather, it caught my attention due to the bluntness. But I also thought about it as a leader and manager. The following quote was particularly important to me: DO pass the ball. PASS [...]

30 05, 2017

How to Address Salary as Part of the Hiring Process

By |May 30th, 2017|blog, leadership, personal|Comments Off on How to Address Salary as Part of the Hiring Process

Let’s face it. Most nonprofits are notorious for not paying high salaries in comparison to their for-profit peers. Recently, there’s been a movement, which has the support of some state legislatures to make it illegal for employers to ask for salary history. Prospective employees also feel especially many in the nonprofit sector which is notorious [...]

25 05, 2017

What Not to Do When You’re Trying to Sell

By |May 25th, 2017|blog, leadership, personal|Comments Off on What Not to Do When You’re Trying to Sell

Let me tell you what happened with a team meeting called to evaluate a video conferencing service. We're in the process of expansion and with team members around the country, and even the world, we want to be able to connect quickly and easily in the digital world. We know that's an absolute necessity in [...]

16 05, 2017

A Mindset for Decision Process Success

By |May 16th, 2017|blog, development, news|Comments Off on A Mindset for Decision Process Success

Recently I spoke to my team about the decision making process. I think it’s an important skill to have both for your life and career. And, if you’re the leader of an organization, you have a special obligation to master the skill. Some of us are quick decision makers. Others take their time to mull [...]

11 05, 2017

The One Ideal to Help You Develop Your Leadership in Business and Life

By |May 11th, 2017|blog, development, personal|Comments Off on The One Ideal to Help You Develop Your Leadership in Business and Life

If you’ve been in business as long as I have, then you’ve probably heard about how Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company did right by their customers and demonstrated great leadership and humanity. The company was founded in Janesville, Wisconsin in 1857. In 1859, the young company relocated to Milwaukee. That year was momentous for them, [...]

9 05, 2017

When to Expect Your Board to Support Your Social Media

By |May 9th, 2017|blog, leadership, personal|Comments Off on When to Expect Your Board to Support Your Social Media

Not too long ago I was scrolling through social media, and I saw a development director say in a post that she "expected" her nonprofit board to support and promote the organization through social media. She was disappointed that they weren't meeting expectations. My thought was––really? What’s wrong with this picture? How Can You Expect [...]

27 04, 2017

Leadership Means Not Denying the Truth

By |April 27th, 2017|blog, leadership, news|Comments Off on Leadership Means Not Denying the Truth

Not too long ago I told my team that they needed to rise. I believe some managers would prefer to avoid the tough conversations with their teams. That's a mistake. You're not helping anyone, including your staff, by denying or sugarcoating truths. Leaders understand they work with adults and they have faith that those who [...]

11 04, 2017

The Great Fail of United Airlines and How It Could Have Done Better

By |April 11th, 2017|blog, leadership, personal|Comments Off on The Great Fail of United Airlines and How It Could Have Done Better

The outrage is justified. The team of United Airlines, and its CEO saying they had "no choice" are wrong. Period. The man that was dragged out of one of its planes on Sunday­­––literally––paid for his seat. And, yes, there were other ways to handle the situation of a paying customer who did not want to [...]

7 03, 2017

Throw Out the Old Playbook to Manage Millennials

By |March 7th, 2017|blog, development, leadership|Comments Off on Throw Out the Old Playbook to Manage Millennials

I got off the phone the other day with an exasperated manager who was complaining about Millennials. Of course, every generation becomes the proverbial punching bag of the previous generations. What else is new? But, I will say that I do think the Millennials are unlike previous generations and as a manager or leader, you [...]