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5 Steps to Convert Chaos to Opportunity

How in the world can you be productive in the midst of chaos? Short staffing, a manager who doesn't care, angry customers and rampant disorganization could all cause even the most well intended employee to crack up. Yet, ironically, chaos also presents unique...

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Outreach to Turn your Nonprofit Upside Down

Ugh! If there's one thing I find disappointing, it's a nonprofit that settles for mediocrity. Focusing on the headache of the day means fewer opportunities to reach for the stars. Crisis management is good for putting out today's fires. Yet it's poor for addressing...

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A Recipe For Mediocrity

Stop trying to fix problems and focus on accentuating strengths. People working together can produce dramatic and sustainable results. Believe it. Zeroing in on problems is a recipe for mediocrity. The norm becomes the target. And the deficit discourse can become...

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Secret Appeal to Santa

Dear Santa Claus, Please pardon us as we know that grownups don't usually contact you on the North Pole.  Our charitable organization spends a lot of time plowing through the ice and snow though. Freezes are common here too-like with hiring. But that's only the tip of...

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Introducing N E W Fundraising Possibilities

Discover new possibilities using a tool in your fundraising arsenal. Not special events. Not your year end appeal either. Another piece on social media? Nope. Something different is happening this time. The conventional message says your nonprofit doesn't have enough...

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Simply Listening = New Funding Opportunities

"Listen a hundred times; ponder a thousand times; speak once."  ~ Turkish proverb Everyone knows Lincoln's Gettysburg address as one of the greatest messages in our nation's history. But do you remember Edward Everett? Like many others, you may be drawing a blank....

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Blessed Are You Jar

Keep the power of prayer alive in your workplace. It only takes a bag of beans and one glass jar to get started. When a blessing is received or a private prayer answered, a bean should be placed in the jar. Count your blessings!   P=Praise: Tell God you love Him...

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Contrarian Nonprofit Manifesto

Our contrarian nonprofit is a window. Look inside to see the POWER of people working together. We are committed to daring ideas. The ones that don’t work break our heart but open our mind. We learn when we listen. We are committed to FAITH. When we let go of...

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