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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

Sharpen your skills. Build your business.

Posted by Kim Stezala on May 22, 2019

I am often asked, "How do you become a consultant?" or "How do you stay in business?" I am happy to report that two members of the Design Group International community are sharing their wisdom, and holding space and time for small groups....to learn together about process consulting. Two online courses will be offered in June through the Society for Process Consulting for people who:

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Topics: process consulting, Cultural competence, society for process consulting, professional development, business planning

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

Misunderstood = Opportunity

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on April 11, 2019
In quiet moments of late, I’ve been recalling moments from my leadership life where my best attempts to communicate were misconstrued or misunderstood. These were not bad faith incidents, although I’ve collected those experiences also. They were of the innocent variety, at least as they began. Once known, however, they threatened significant damage unless they were treated as an opportunity to listen well, make changes where needed, and communicate even more intentionally.
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Topics: strategic planning, leadership coaching, business, deep dive

The Surprising and Powerful Role Volunteers Play in Building Authentic Donor Relationships

Posted by Lon Swartzentruber on March 12, 2019

 

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

We know a thing or two, because we’ve seen a thing or two.

Posted by Ron Mahurin on March 5, 2019

By Dr. Ron Mahurin

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Topics: leadership coaching, education

Jack Bogle - a long-sighted examplar

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on March 4, 2019
My previous reflection on long-sight generated a number of responses. Some of you who responded spoke of inspiration. Others of you pointed out that long-sightedness pushes a person beyond moral relativism toward something they understand as eternal wisdom or truth, at the very least reflecting a solid, ethical center.
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Topics: strategic planning, leadership coaching, business, deep dive

Long-sight

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on February 25, 2019
 
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Topics: strategic planning, leadership coaching, deep dive, nonprofit

Rethinking a Board Member's Role in Building Authentic Donor Relationships

Posted by Lon Swartzentruber on February 13, 2019

Rethinking a Board Member’s Role in Building Authentic Donor Relationships

As you know, board members, key volunteers and senior staff play an important role in fulfilling the mission of your organization. However, even the most successful development offices can forget to utilize these people in their efforts to build relationships with donors.

Through the next several blogs we’ll look at some simple examples of how this can work and why these team members can be an integral part of helping you build successful and lasting donor relationships.

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

Frame, then shhhh.

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on January 28, 2019

One of the reasons meetings become such wastes of time and money is that leaders, managers, and meeting facilitators repeatedly fail to frame the context. Another is that leaders and managers dominate the conversation and fail to assume a sincere listening posture.

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Topics: strategic planning, leadership coaching, business, deep dive, nonprofit