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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…


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A Simple Tip for A Good Night’s Sleep: Use An Alarm Clock

During our book tour for the Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout,  we routinely got asked the question, what one self-care habit should we focus on to get started?    We respond with:  Get enough sleep.     As Arianna Huffington points out in her book, Sleep Revolution, and in this recent interview, getting…

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New Research and a Welcome Surprise from Foundation CEOs

New Research and a Welcome Surprise from Foundation CEOs By Lindsay Austin Louie “How much promise do the following practices hold for increasing foundations’ impact in the coming decades?” The twenty-four potential answers provided covered a broad spectrum of philanthropic practice, from taking more risks, to providing more general operating support, to engaging in impact…


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One Simple Tip To Shift Your Nonprofit’s Workplace Culture from Outrage to Well Being

We’ve just finished two weeks on the road of book events for my new book,  Happy Healthy Nonprofit, co-authored with Aliza Sherman.   During many of the Q/A sessions, we heard from many nonprofit professionals who were feeling impact of a perpetual cycle of outrage.   The thing is it has only been a few…

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Do You Really​ ​Need a Nonprofit Mentor?

Do You Really Need a Nonprofit Mentor? Guest Post by John Haydon The nonprofit sector is a strong and vibrant community full of people willing to help each other out. And now more than ever, it’s important to come together and work as allies and mentors. The value of being mentored seems pretty obvious: new…


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5 Self-Care Hacks that Nonprofit Professionals Can Use in a Crisis

Flickr Photo by Evil Erin Note from Beth:   This week and next week, Aliza Sherman and I will be visiting a few cities on the West and East Coasts, as part of our Happy Healthy Nonprofit book tour.   Please come join us at one of our upcoming events.   One of my themes for the…

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Why Self-Interested Volunteers are the Best for Nonprofits

Note from Beth:   The Mobilization Lab at Greenpeace recently commissioned and released this report, Beyond the First Click: How Today’s Volunteers Build the Power of Movements and NGOS.   Beyond the First Click examines innovative volunteer engagement work by 35 organisations empowering people to scale change and win by learning and doing more.  Authored by…