Thinking CLEARly

As many readers of this blog know, one of the programs we offer at The Nonprofit Center is what we call CLEAR (Cultivating Leadership Excellence and Responsibility) Circles. These are small groups (seven to eight people per group) of similarly situation individuals—either all executive directors, all new (less than three years in the position) executive directors or all emerging leaders (people who have direct reports and who report directly to the executive director of their organization)—who meet once a month over eight or nine months Read more

Failure to Fire

Over the holidays, I was fortunate enough to see the revival of South Pacific, last seen when I was but a wee lass.  Its songs  are currently in that perpetual song fest in my head with one in particular:  a larger “I’m Gonna Wash that Man Right Outta My Hair.”  I have, however, swapped “Man” and “Hair” with other things.

The version I am currently singing for the sector is “I’m Gonna Wash Bad Practices Right Outta the Sector.”  Not nearly as catchy as Rodgers and Read more

Built to Last

 Last Friday, The Nonprofit Center was fortunate enough to have Billy Shore, founder of Share our Strength, Community Wealth Ventures and author of numerous books, articles, contemplations, etc., be the keynote speaker at our annual Nonprofit Strategies Forum.  An entertaining public speaker, he intermingles the right amounts of humor and seriousness to keep his audience entertained and cerebral, both at the same time.  And his messages are ones that need to be heard, regardless of the economic times.  

For example, he asked the question, Read more