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Curiosity in Change Leads to Openness, Wonder and Possibility

Posted by Lon Swartzentruber on August 13, 2019

Over the past two months, we've explored the concept of change, and how courage, curiosity, and trust can help you navigate it. Last month , we looked at the importance of practicing courage. This month, we’re taking a deep dive into the benefits of approaching change with curiosity.

When change happens, there is a lot of new—new people, new ways of doing things, new deadlines, new voices, new perspectives, and new outcomes. Approaching change from a posture of curiosity helps you maintain a sense of openness, wonder, and possibility in the face of all this newness.

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Topics: leadership coaching, lon swartzentruber, business, deep dive, nonprofit, education, faith-based community

Courage in Change

Posted by Lon Swartzentruber on July 11, 2019

As I mentioned last month, change takes courage, curiosity, and trust. This month, I’m taking a deep dive into courage, and how it can help you approach, embrace, and engage change.

A little over a year ago, I began working with an executive director whose predecessor was well-liked and had a long tenure but left rather abruptly.

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Topics: leadership coaching, lon swartzentruber, business, deep dive, nonprofit, education, faith-based community

Three Behaviors Necessary for Change

Posted by Lon Swartzentruber on June 11, 2019

Our mission at Design Group International is clear: we help organizations and their leaders transform for a vibrant future. The word transform indicates some type of change. We deal with change every day and with every client.

As you might imagine, over the years, we have learned a lot about change. But mostly we’ve learned that change takes courage, curiosity, and trust.

Over the next few months, through my blog writing, I plan to take a deep dive into change and the three behaviors that I’ve found helpful in approaching, embracing, and engaging it.

This month, let’s take a bird’s-eye view of change and how practicing courage, curiosity, and trust can help. Let’s take them in reverse order.

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Topics: leadership coaching, lon swartzentruber, business, deep dive, nonprofit, education, faith-based community

Process Consulting

Posted by Lon Swartzentruber on May 29, 2019

One of the most significant leadership challenges of our day is to manage complexity. When we propose to do something new, or unfamiliar, or even something that we have done before, it is often helpful to make sure we have a solid process to help us get to where we need to go.

Process Design has many benefits, including:

1.  Understanding WHY you are wanting to do what it is you are wanting to do.

2.  Deliberately thinking through WHO is involved in the process and what role they play.

3.  Unpacking WHAT deliverables and desired outcomes you seek from the work being undertaken to achieve the WHY.

4.  Clearly articulating HOW you will proceed to achieve the outcomes and deliverables you desire, outlining WHO will be doing what along the way.

5.  Creating a road map for WHEN these deliverables and processes will be achieved.

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Topics: process design, process consulting

Authentic Advancement

Posted by Lon Swartzentruber on May 29, 2019

High-quality transformative advancement efforts are essential in order to achieve the mission of any non-profit organization.

By focusing on developing authentic donor relationships that are built on trust and shared purpose helps position a long-lasting relationship for success.

Equipping board members, executive directors, and advancement professionals to approach donor relationships from this perspective ensures that a true partnership exists.

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Topics: advancement, authentic advancement

Comprehensive Capital Campaigns

Posted by Lon Swartzentruber on May 29, 2019

Implementing a comprehensive capital campaign is an essential component to transforming and equipping your organization for the future.

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Topics: fundraising and campaign consulting

Transformative Strategic Planning

Posted by Lon Swartzentruber on May 29, 2019

Begin with the end in mind.

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Topics: strategic planning

Leadership Transition and Succession Planning

Posted by Lon Swartzentruber on May 29, 2019

There is a lot packed into the words leadership transition and succession planning.

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Topics: succession planning

Executive Leadership Coaching

Posted by Lon Swartzentruber on May 29, 2019

Coaching is walking alongside a leader by partner with them in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.

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Topics: leadership coaching

How Your CFO (and Other Leaders) Can Build and Strengthen Authentic Donor Relationships

Posted by Lon Swartzentruber on April 16, 2019

Raising money isn’t always about asking for money. It is, however, always about making a meaningful connection with a donor.

CFO to CFO; a Non-development Development Conversation

A few years ago, I was working with an organization that had run a deficit for several years and was embarking on a strategic plan to help them pull themselves out of it. The new CFO had a huge role to play in this effort. With her team, we developed several strategies and tactics to address the deficit going forward.

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Topics: deep dive, nonprofit, fundraising and campaign consulting, stakeholder engagement