Vibrant Futures

Resources for Nonprofit Leaders and Organizations, Authored and curated by Matt Visser, Senior Consultant

Responses when you Hit your Wall

Posted by Matt Visser on Mar 24, 2020 3:41:00 PM

With so much change happening and the disruption of our daily lives, the adrenaline of the moment will carry you for a long time. New routines, new demands, and change will naturally bring a flood of emotions, both positive and negative.

Soon, if it hasn't happened already, you will hit your wall, or it will hit you. You may not see it coming, but when it hits, here are 5 responses to help you process your emotions and work through the experience.

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Topics: executive coaching, leadership development

11 Ways to Grow your Career in the Midst of Disruption

Posted by Matt Visser on Mar 12, 2020 3:49:00 PM

I’m scared. We are all scared. It’s natural to be scared and anxious when faced with an unprecedented situation. Some of us joke about it. Some people buy toilet paper (guilty). Some people share a ton of information and become overnight medical experts. We all respond in different ways when faced with uncertainty and a disruption of this magnitude.

I was talking with my brother, a local middle school math teacher, last week about how he plans to invest his time now that school is out of session for 3 weeks in the state of Michigan. He wasn’t sure what was going to happen but had some ideas for ways he could use this time to innovate his teaching to help his students. We are seeing this type of innovation on a global scale as major industries shift to address the needs of their "customers".

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Topics: executive coaching, leadership development

Simple Ways to Support your Crisis Management Team

Posted by Matt Visser on Mar 9, 2020 4:03:00 PM

The escalation over COVID-19 around the world has sent shock waves through businesses and organizations of all sizes and scopes. Within your organization, there is most likely a crisis management team already hard at work navigating the immediate challenges, scenario planning for various levels of impact, and developing new ways of doing business.

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Topics: strategic planning, leadership development, nonprofit

Ways to Strengthen Donor Engagement after canceling your Annual Event

Posted by Matt Visser on Mar 9, 2020 3:56:00 PM

I have connected with 4 nonprofit leaders today who are navigating the challenge of postponing or canceling their annual dinner fundraiser. For organizations, these events are critical moments for sharing their mission with their key supporters, inviting guests to invest financially in their cause, and strengthening relationships. 

Losing out on that shared experience to tell your story is deflating. Your staff has worked so hard and the event is a chance to celebrate a year of good work together with your key supporters!

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Topics: leadership development, Fundraising, nonprofit, stakeholder engagement

Three Commitments to help you Navigate Transitions

Posted by Matt Visser on Feb 18, 2020 3:20:00 PM

Last week, I had an opportunity to share coffee with someone in the middle of personal career transition. She had recently left a job she loved and was in a season between a known role and an unknown future. I was so impressed with her approach to learning, her ability to navigate her fears and uncertainty, and her desire to grow through the process.

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Topics: process consulting, executive coaching, leadership development


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