The 5 Best Leadership Books for Nonprofit Leaders

An executive coaching client recently asked me about my favorite 2 or 3 leadership books. Here are the first five that came to mind. Not surprisingly, each one is within easy reach of my desk. And I find myself thinking about their concepts or quoting them practically every week. Influence, Robert Cialdini In most of

[Guest Post] Using Gallup's StrengthsFinder to help your board fundraise more effectively

Today it's my honor to introduce you to John Fulwider. I'm a guy who loves helping people find their strengths and talents. John is the first person I've met who teaches nonprofit boards how to use the Gallup StrengthsFinder to find their strengths. He's a sought-after speaker, especially on nonprofit board and staff development and

Career Change Without Felony Charges

Last week Good Day New York invited me to talk about career stress in light of Steven Slater's quitting his job by jumping out of a JetBlue plane. The interview is below. But there was so much more that I sent to Good Day New York. The entire 5-page article is available here: Changing Careers

Managing Assumptions

In the last edition, I mentioned some points taught by Betsy Rigby, Director of Development with Partners HealthCare at the New England Association for Healthcare Philanthropy annual conference in Rhode Island last month. One was the two managment theories, ingloriously named, Theory X and Theory Y. Along with of these, she mentioned the role assumptions

Managing nonprofit employees (and volunteers)

Last week I was at the annual conference for the New England Association for Healthcare Philanthropy. It was a great conference, and I did alot of tweeting. You can see all my NEAHP tweets here. A great session I went to was on managing development staff by Betsy Rigby, Director of Development with Partners HealthCare.

Highlands in WSJ

I've been a fan of the Highlands Abilities Battery ever since I took it back in 2002. It's still something that helps me in finding the right "place" for myself. And like Victor Kiam, I liked the company so much I became a trained administrator of the Battery. So I was thrilled to see it

Abilities: A Summary

As we’ve learned through this series, an “ability” is a hardwired, natural talent that we’re born with. It speaks to the things that seem to come naturally to us; the things we do with relative ease. We all do things that we are not talented in. We’ve built up skills to help us with these