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Episode 60: Four Steps Toward Confident Decision-Making

Episode 60: Four Steps Toward Confident Decision-Making

April 2, 2020

Leaders have always been charged with making tough decisions. In fact, the hallmark quality of a truly great leader is the ability to weigh the options and to make the best decisions for their people.

But oftentimes the decisions we have to make feel like lose-lose situations. When that’s the case, how can you feel confident moving forward?

On this episode, I’ll talk about what it really means to make a good decision, and describe a four-step process to ensure you make the best decisions.

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Episode 59: Innovation and the Nonprofit Sector

Episode 59: Innovation and the Nonprofit Sector

March 31, 2020

When we think of innovation, we typically attribute this to technology and for-profit companies. They’re the ones with the big ideas and the money to see them through. But, when it comes to solving the most pressing issues facing our communities, nonprofits are actually perfectly positioned for innovation. 

While the nonprofit sector faces some real obstacles to innovation, there are steps organizations can take to think differently and attack problems from a different viewpoint.

On this episode, I talk through the four elements that help nonprofits eliminate societal problems through innovation. 

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Episode 58: Managing Frontline Nonprofit Staff

Episode 58: Managing Frontline Nonprofit Staff

March 26, 2020

To every single person on the frontlines, thank you for all you are doing to keep our communities safe and healthy.

Unfortunately, child abuse, domestic violence, hunger, homelessness, and of course healthcare does not pause just because of a pandemic. In fact, the role frontline staff play in the lives of those they serve is probably amplified right now.

On this episode, I share a few tips for how nonprofit bosses can support frontline staff who must show up in the community each day.

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Episode 57: Moving Forward During a Crisis

Episode 57: Moving Forward During a Crisis

March 24, 2020

Many nonprofits are shying away from fundraising or even charging for programs right now because of the coronavirus crisis. These actions come from a good place and demonstrate how compassionate and empathetic people in the nonprofit field truly are.

But, on this episode, I offer a different point of view- not just as a nonprofit expert, but as a donor and an active participant in nonprofit programs. If you've been struggling with deciding whether to actively fundraise or not, this episode is for you.

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Episode 56: Managing a Remote Team

Episode 56: Managing a Remote Team

March 19, 2020

With coronavirus forcing most of us to work from home, a question that has come up a lot is, how can I manage a remote team? Many nonprofit leaders are concerned with how to keep their teams engaged and motivated during this unprecedented time.

On this Nonprofit Boss Network episode, I offer tactical advice for engaging with your team, and ensuring that everyone feels supported. Importantly, I walk you through a step by step system for making sure that working from home is just as productive (if not more!) than working together in the office.

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Episode 55: Fundraising During the Coronavirus Crisis

Episode 55: Fundraising During the Coronavirus Crisis

March 17, 2020

The coronavirus has canceled events the world over- from weddings to conferences and, unfortunately, our nonprofit fundraisers. So many nonprofits rely on spring fundraisers to raise crucial funding for their causes. If you’ve had to cancel your event you may be wondering, what do we do now? 

On this episode I’ll chat about the three fundraising questions I’ve received most frequently in the last week: It appropriate to fundraise right now? Now that my fundraiser is canceled, how can we get funding to keep our programs running? Should we host a virtual fundraiser? 

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Episode 54: Emotional Intelligence- A Valuable Skill for Nonprofit Leaders

Episode 54: Emotional Intelligence- A Valuable Skill for Nonprofit Leaders

March 12, 2020

Emotional intelligence is one of those buzz words that gets thrown around. In fact, it’s easier to spot when someone lacks it, than when someone has it. But emotional intelligence is actually one of the most important skills that nonprofit leaders can develop, particularly right now. 

On this episode, I share with you how researchers define emotional intelligence, why it’s such a valuable quality, and how you can develop your own skills.

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Episode 29: Stephanie Hathaway on Making the Shift from For-Profit to Nonprofit

Episode 29: Stephanie Hathaway on Making the Shift from For-Profit to Nonprofit

December 17, 2019

Stephanie Hathaway is a Regional Donation Center Manager for the nonprofit Soles4Souls. While she is creating huge impact with her work now, she didn't always work in the nonprofit space- her background is in fashion. But, after landing her dream job, she found that she wasn't as fulfilled as she thought she would be. 

If you’ve ever felt like you lack passion for your work but it’s too late to make a shift, then this episode is for you. Or if you’ve ever considered making a change but you wondered how your skills would translate over to a new field or position, then this episode is for you.

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Episode 28: NBN- Leadership versus Management

Episode 28: NBN- Leadership versus Management

December 12, 2019

We're thrilled to kick off the Nonprofit Boss Network (NBN) weekly minisodes with our first topic- leadership vs. management.

The skills that it takes to effectively lead are similar regardless of how many people you’re supervising or managing. But there are important differences between managing and leading. There’s also a time to manage and a time to lead. 

However, that doesn’t mean that one is better than the other. In fact, all organizations need both leaders and managers in order to succeed.

In this episode, we'll cover the 5 most important distinctions between managers and leaders. We'll also discuss how to determine when it's appropriate to act as a leader or manager. 

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Episode 27: Are metrics preventing your nonprofit from achieving strategic success?

Episode 27: Are metrics preventing your nonprofit from achieving strategic success?

December 10, 2019

In a recent Harvard Business Review article, the authors considered how metrics could take businesses further away from their strategic goals. 

As all nonprofit professionals know, measurement and program evaluation are hugely important for nonprofits. We need data for grants and donors want to know that they are supporting effective programs.

But with the emphasis we've placed on metrics in the nonprofit sector recently, this article raises a nagging question- are metrics helping or hurting us?

The answer is, it depends.

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