How to How To

My boss always laughs and says that I should name my first book, All My Circuses, All My Monkeys. Many days, I tend to agree with him. What I do for a living can look like a heck of a lot of fun, what with the travel and suspended world of events, but in reality,…

Engagement as a Shared Function

You ever heard the expression, too many cooks, not enough broth? I feel that way about engagement as a shared function. It sometimes raises my hackles, just like when you’re reminded about that TPS report cover sheet you forgot to include: Which drives me crazy because shared engagement with prospects, members, and/or the greater community shouldn’t…

Careers v. Callings

There’s a weather man in my home state that Jesus comes second to. Being from the Bible Belt, that’s really saying something. But a man who predicted the unpredictability of tornados, hail, ice, lightning, sideways rain, and the kind of wind we Okies call a light breeze but could be considered hurricane force in other…

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Delivery and Tone, or Why Sometimes It’s Okay to Say It That Way (But Always Pay Attention)

There have been a few articles floating around over the last couple weeks about things bosses shouldn’t say, 10 things bad bosses say, or even things you shouldn’t say to your boss. I’m torn about the advice these articles give. I don’t know that so much of it is you shouldn’t say them (although, some…

Organizational Models

A very smart friend recently sent me a NPR article talking about how bossless offices could be the future. This article continues the conversation about how the flat organizational model is gaining momentum in the tech and nonprofit worlds. The theory is that if the org is completely flat, then no one individual holds the power. The…

“Thinkers need doers to get things done, and idealists need number crunchers to tether them to reality”

Brenda Synder,  the senior director of research at Forbes Insight, articulated a  thesis could not be more true. Whether you are involved in a large scale corporation, a small staff/volunteer driven non profit, or in a government/association bureaucracy, the five personalities that Ms Snyder lays out embodies what’s needed for success.  The article explores the…