Mind the Ripples

This is a true story, but names and some details have been changed to protect the innocent. Mary’s a generous soul. Mary and her husband Bob had just moved into a new house, and that left their rented apartment vacant for the final month of their lease. Steve, an activist and friend, needed a place… Read more

Game of Thrones, Dot-org Edition

With the arguable exception of Cersei Lannister, none of the Game of Thrones characters is truly evil. What’s driving the drama and the conflict isn’t ‘good vs. evil.” It’s a beautifully engineered set of cross purposes, where in pursuit of their passionate objectives, each character inevitably collides with another character and mayhem ensues. We see… Read more

Make your “not to do” list

Choosing what NOT to do is almost as important as choosing what to do. I’ve seen so many clients overextend themselves and not reach their goals because they were distracted by extracurriculars. What are you not going to do this year? Answer these questions and see what rises to the top of your “not to… Read more

Ignore your to-do list

I’m a Virgo. So believe me this is hard to say. Ignore your to-do list. Yes – you heard it from me. To-do lists are great tools. But they can sometimes keep us from bigger picture thinking. We lean on those to-do’s — easy items that we can check off the list. Meeting had Copy… Read more

Fundraising Large and Small

Do you read the Agitator? If not, you’re missing out on some of the most important thinking in fundraising. I’m proud to call Roger Craver a mentor. His latest post, on the relative merits of working with large vs. small organizations comes down squarely on the side of small. Less bureaucracy, less internal tribalism, more… Read more

Leadership: What outcomes do you want?

It’s easy to confuse “being busy” with “impact.” That’s why every act of leadership should begin by answering this question: What outcome do you want out of this act? Identifying clear outcomes clarifies whether you are being successful or not. Outcomes for this process can be objective and easy to measure. Or they can be… Read more