Beth Kanter’s Blog

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How To Facilitate Leadership Development In Your Nonprofit As Part of Doing the Work

Register now! One of the biggest challenges that many nonprofits face is the finding time and resources for professional development activities.   People are so busy doing the work that they don’t have time to go off-site to take a class or sign up for an online course.   And, when nonprofits budgets are tight,…

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How To Avoid Becoming Addicted To Your Mobile Phone

I have been reading Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked by Adam Alter, a professor of marketing at NYU.   The book is about our behavioral addictions to our smartphones, video games, social media, and email and how to break them. He describes the “Ludic Loop,” a cycle of…


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Trainer’s Notebook: Online Interaction Tools To Engage Your Audience in the Room and Beyond

This past month I’ve done several workshops where I experimented with different audience online interaction tools to engage people in the room as well as a remote audience tuning in through a live video stream.   These were workshops at Cause Camp,  Global Giving, and the Hartford Foundation. My instructional needs were simple: Question/Answer back…

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How To Focus When You Work in An Open Office Space

In the Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout, my co-author Aliza Sherman and I share a framework to think more broadly about creating a culture of wellbeing in the workplace.  It includes our relationship with our physical environment and in the workplace that refers to the nonprofit’s physical office space. When nonprofits invest…


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How To Stop Your Nonprofit’s After Hours Email Habit

I recently taught several leadership development workshops at the Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership based on my new book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout.   One of the workshops was focused on technology wellness in the nonprofit workplace, more specifically how to avoid collaboration overload. Collaborative overload is the burnout that results from our…

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What is the best way to deliver professional development to nonprofit emerging leaders?

Flickr Photo by Flower Factor Note: This guest post was published on the Packard Foundation OE Blog reflects what was learned from designing and delivering leadership development for emerging nonprofit leaders.   I am republishing it here with an invitation to join us on April 6 for a webinar with leading talent managers from Acumen, Bridgespan, and…


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Emerging Leaders Need More than Leadership Development

Flickr Image – ImageGroup Note from Beth:   Last year I was honored to partner with Kari Dunn Saratovksy from Third Plateau to facilitate an emerging leadership program to a cohort of leaders who were part of the Packard Foundation’s Science and Conservation portfolio of grantees. The project, which combined peer learning and mentoring together with an…

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Tech Wellness in the Nonprofit Workplace: Tips for Avoiding Collaborative Overload

I’m thrilled to be doing a session with Aisha Moore and Gina Schmeling at the NTEN NTC called “Technology Wellness in the Nonprofit Workplace.”  If you are attending the NTC, please join us.  The session is designed to answer three questions: Why does collaborative technology overload lead to loss of nonprofit workplace productivity and what…


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Trainer’s Notebook: Tips for Good Openings

I’ve just returned from a two-week trip to Guatemala hosted by Wake. Wake’s Tech2Empower program organizes delegations of volunteer Technology Advisors, women who work for Silicon Valley companies like Google, Salesforce, Mozilla, YouTube, GE Digital and IRC, to provide training for women’s rights and girls empowerment NGOs in developing countries and here in the United…

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Book Review: Joan Garry’s Guide to Nonprofit Leadership

I’m a huge fan of Joan Garry’s blog and podcast.    I consider the “Dear Abby” of the nonprofit world, dispensing practical and brilliant advice to nonprofits with her wonderful sense of humor.   Joan has been an executive director, board member, donor, and volunteer – so she brings to her consulting and educator practice…