Nonprofit Board Boot Camp

Board member development is the best investment you can make in the success of your nonprofit organization. People come to a Board with incredible passion, but less often with an understanding of what it really means to serve. Many leave for that very reason. Nonprofit Board Boot Camp is a comprehensive overview of what every …

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Democracy Was Meant to be Difficult

American democracy is still an experiment.

Does Mistake Free = Risk Free?

Can mistakes be a good thing? Well, I hope so, because I don’t know anyone that doesn’t make mistakes – and who would want to be around anyone that doesn’t? An old baseball adage says “no one bats a thousand, but you will miss 100% of the pitches you don’t swing at.” I believe this …

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Is There Room for Grace?

The word “grace” is not used much outside of religious circles these days, but I have been thinking that this simple to say, but difficult to live concept, is very much needed in the business workplace today. The many textbook definitions of the word all are applicable: elegant, a charming quality, consideration of others, to …

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“This old anvil laughs at many broken hammers…”

Yes, we have all come through hard times at least once before. Troubles come and go, but we do go on. Carl Sandburg said it more eloquently than that (see the title above), but we all know what he means – and more importantly – what it means to us personally. We remember how it …

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Deliberate Deliberation

Deliberation means “thoughtful or careful consideration, without hurry.” Everything in our world seems to go by so fast; speed is king and slowing down means you might get run over. Many accept this as the way we must operate to exist in a twenty-first century reality, but how can we maintain this break-neck rate? We …

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Dialogue – Can You Hear Me Now?

What is “dialogue” anyway? Dictionary.com defines it as “a conversation, an exchange of ideas or opinions on a particular issue, with a view to reaching an amicable agreement or settlement.” Wow, we certainly need more of that! To have a conversation requires two people agreeing to give one another their attention and the gift of …

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Mom’s Rules Save the World: Rule 7

How have we come so far into a universe where rude behavior, hurtful language, and hateful attitudes are acceptable – not just among the young, crazy, fringe element – but even mainstream, “conservative” grandmothers and businessmen? It’s not confined to any political party, age group, geographic area, or gender – ugliness is now equal opportunity. …

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Disability Miss Manners

I’m so glad that I was exposed to people with differing abilities and physical or intellectual challenges, as a very young teen. Volunteering with the United Cerebral Palsy Association, Special Olympics and later, leading recreation programs in my home town school for children with developmental disabilities, allowed me to learn how to relate to people …

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Mom’s Rules Save the World: Rule 6

Now that we’ve had the opportunity to exercise our “civic duty” and vote, can we start trying to make our civics more civil? How have we come so far into a universe where rude behavior, hurtful language, and hateful attitudes are acceptable – not just among the young, crazy, fringe element – but even mainstream, …

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