Executive Issues

Think Hiring Experts Is Expensive? Try Amateurs
February 13, 2018 at 12:16 pm

A job listing recently came across my desk for the chief marketing officer at a major nonprofit who will remain nameless. My eye dropped to the requirements for the position: a bachelor’s degree—not even specifically in marketing or communications...

5 Fundraising Tips for Emerging Nonprofit Leaders
February 12, 2018 at 12:12 pm

The ongoing quest for funding can often feel like navigating a psychological minefield of cultural complexities and politics. Indeed, there were times I felt completely in the dark during the first few years that I was trying to get our ocean nonprofit Beneath the Waves off the ground and evolve from a small, grassroots organization.…

It Takes a Great Leader: CEOs Can Make or Break Nonprofit Organizations
February 6, 2018 at 12:18 pm

Nonprofits are a positive part of many people’s lives, whether they are clients in need of services, donors giving to organizations or volunteers participating in the mission. While most of us have had favorable relationships with nonprofit organizations, unfortunately, many of us can also cite frustrations with them...

Be Brief and Compelling
February 1, 2018 at 12:38 pm

Today’s Associated Press Style, used by most journalists and professional communicators, seeks to abbreviate copy and save valuable space—whether in print or online—knowing that readership and comprehension both increase with brevity....

2 Keys to Improving Nonprofit Leadership
January 25, 2018 at 12:11 pm

There are some fantastic leaders in our nonprofit arena—CEOs, chief development officers and beyond. There are also some leaders who are underperforming and too often get passed from organization to organization...

The Right Stuff That Makes a Nonprofit Executive Successful
January 19, 2018 at 12:08 pm

If you intend to make a career in the nonprofit sector, seek to constantly have the right stuff. Also, be aware that “the right stuff” constantly changes and you must be proactive instead of being reactive. The dynamics of the nonprofit sector continue to evolve internally and externally in your world...

But I Want to Be Sure!
December 28, 2017 at 9:40 am

Principle 3 of The Eight Principles™ is Leadership Leads™. The governing board and senior staff of an organization are the ones responsible for doing the leaping. Far too often, however, those leading are the ones resisting their role...

You’re Invited: Be a Part of NonProfit PRO’s New Research Study on Leadership Impact
December 14, 2017 at 11:15 am

That’s right ladies and gentlemen—NonProfit PRO is embarking on a new research initiative, and it’s all circling around the topic of nonprofit leadership. As our nonprofit sectors continue to grow and evolve, it’s more pertinent than ever for leadership teams to learn about the latest trends and tactics for effective organizational management across the board...

How to Lead Nonprofit Colleagues to Accept Reality
December 12, 2017 at 10:46 am

In this time of year-end fundraising campaigns, it's especially likely that professional colleagues might let slip that they are denying reality. It happens more often than you might think...

4 Things You Must Know to Become a Successful Social Entrepreneur in a Booming Industry
December 7, 2017 at 10:51 am

A job listing recently came across my desk for the chief marketing officer at a major nonprofit who will remain nameless. My eye dropped to the requirements for the position: a bachelor’s degree—not even specifically in marketing or communications. In theory, the “right” candidate could have a degree in French literature, sufficient to explain the […]