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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

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

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