As we venture into a new year, I’m also venturing out on a new journey…
I’m excited to announce that I’m launching a new consulting, facilitation and coaching practice focused on nonprofit organizations and leaders called Joy of Leading. My goal is to help nonprofit leaders lead with energy, clarity and confidence and maximize their organization’s impact. Continue reading “Introducing, Joy of Leading!”
My father has always been incredibly healthy and super fit. His heart rate has been naturally so low all of his life that we were shocked when he needed a pace maker. He had started suffering chronic exhaustion and brain fog: his heart was strong, but a virus had likely set the electrical system off course and he wasn’t circulating enough oxygen consistently. If he hadn’t asked his physician to check him out, it could have been dire. But the guy who’s always had an incredible pulse rate, went in to have his pulse checked.
This year, a virus has attacked the world leaving a wake of devastation that has impacted every corner of our communities and organizations. There is further to go – we’re not yet out of the woods and we’re not close to recovery. But as 2020 comes to a close, it’s important to create time to check the pulse of your organization. Continue reading “How’s Your Organization’s Heart Rate?”
Your team has been through a ton. So much has happened, and for many organizations there has been no time to reflect. But as you’ve navigated this crisis, you have also learned a bunch. Continue reading “What Have You Learned in 2020?”
You’ve fought hard for your organizations and communities this year. And you’re exhausted. But don’t let the progress driven by your Herculean efforts creep backwards. We can help you! Continue reading “2020 is Finally Coming to a Close!”
How healthy were you going into this crisis? Just as this virus exposes underlying health issues in those it attacks, the economic fallout and forced changes in how we work (for those of us fortunate enough to continue to work) are exposing and exacerbating the issues we ignored, avoided, put-off in our organizations.
Dysfunction does not go away in a crisis although it may hide temporarily under the false cover of a team pulling together to survive. As the uncertainty and stress of this crisis linger, old haunts return: team dysfunction, communication break-downs, lack of clarity, poor management and more.
One silver lining this crisis presents, however, is that every organization has been presented an invitation to hit the reset button: Continue reading “Emerging Healthy”
I recently attended an informative webinar titled “The Volunteer in the New Digital Age” hosted by Salesforce with guests Tori O’Neal and Trovon Williams from the NAACP – and while I learned more about how to galvanize a volunteer army, I walked away with valuable pointers for leveraging digital technology, as both guests stated, to “amplify” your narrative to engage new supporters, shift their behavior and keep them involved.
I’ve boiled their brilliance down into 8 tips for you. Continue reading “Amplify Your Story and Engage More People”
This crisis, against all of our early hopes, has proven it will last – it’s an ultra-marathon we face with an unknown duration, curves in the route we can’t see around, and surprise hurdles thrown in just when we think we might start to hit our stride. But, when I think about it, so are the missions we serve each day and the visions we set out to achieve. Continue reading “The Long Journey Forward”
The nonprofit sector was struggling before COVID-19 struck a blow of unimaginable force. Executive Directors were already overwhelmed, with many questioning their ability to stay energized and continue to lead. Fundraising was a constant race with uncertain gains in a competitive and continually growing field of nonprofits. A culture of scarcity had many organizations stuck in a loop of doing more with less only to do even more with even less, and so on. Continue reading “Rising Out of Crisis”
I started working remotely about 12 years ago when we moved to Memphis. Working remotely full-time was not as easy as I’d imagined. And I stunk at it for a while. Probably for too long. I was productive in sporadic spurts. I struggled with time management even though I sat at my desk all day. I was distracted and frequently had trouble prioritizing. I didn’t check in with my team, all based in ATL, frequently enough for them or for me. And it all meant I failed to follow through on my own work and on theirs. Continue reading “I Used to Be a Crappy Telecommuter!”
None of us has seen a moment quite like this. Unfortunately, while some are scaling up at rocket speed to get food to those in need and provide medical care to those without insurance, far too many organizations are facing the reality of urgently scaling back or shifting resources in the hopes of surviving this crisis. Continue reading “A Framework for Scaling Down or Shifting Rapidly”
My cat interrupted PeopleCap’s team meeting this morning. With children at home from school, a strong desire to do our part to keep our neighbors safe, and the great privilege of work flexibility, we’ve been working and meeting via Zoom for the last week. I expect distractions from my kids from time to time, but hadn’t calculated the feline fussing. Continue reading “Reinforcing and Nurturing Culture During Major Disruption”
The world feels upside down.
We’re here to help!
If you need a thought partner to think through your strategies or just need to vent, we’re available.
Katie is offering FREE strategic coaching sessions for nonprofit Executive Directors
throughout this week.
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PeopleCap will also be scheduling some free group coaching sessions and webinars in the coming days.
In the meantime, let us know what webinar topics would be most helpful at this time.
We are facing uncertain times, for sure. There are a lot of questions we simply don’t have answers to. There is a lot of stress.
There is also a lot to feel really good about within the nonprofit community – in fact, it’s filling my heart and making we want to scream the rest of this post from the rooftops! Continue reading “Leading in Uncertain Times”
A shocking number of nonprofit professionals live in a state of overwhelm and near burnout. According to Kathleen Kelly Janus in her book Social Startup Success: How the Best Nonprofits Launch, Scale Up, and Make a Difference, 50% of nonprofit employees are on the verge of burning out, a statistic that is even higher for nonprofit leaders. Too many nonprofit EDs live in a state of exhaustion for extended periods of time. And, it’s not because they fall short on leadership skills: I believe it’s due to several factors that are unique to the nonprofit sector. Continue reading “We’re Burning Out Our Leaders”
In the nonprofit world, we struggle with saying no. We hate to think that we might (1) hurt someone’s feelings, ruffle feathers or (2) fail to do something that could improve someone’s life. This empathy and commitment to help are what make nonprofit professionals so exceptional. It’s what allows them to work long hours for less pay. It’s what inspires them to lend their time and talents to hard work, day after day. It’s also what keeps them working harder and harder but feeling like they’re not realizing the desired result of all that effort. It’s what burns them out. Continue reading “Saying No is the Key to Having an Impact”
I was sharing the results of a Leadership Assessment with a CEO when she remarked, “I’ve been leading for me.” It took me a second to understand what she meant: she had been leading the way she needed to be led earlier in her career. And it wasn’t clicking with her team. Continue reading “Leading the Team You Have”
How do I get my board to raise money?
Most nonprofits expect (hope, perhaps) that their board will raise money for them or at least strongly support their fundraising efforts. And yet it’s a common frustration among nonprofit leaders that their boards are falling short of those expectations. The reality, in my experience, is that very few organizations set their board members up to be successful at raising funds. Continue reading “Grow Your Board’s Fundraising Ability”
Labor Day is behind us – ughhh, I know – which means the last part of the year will roll by quickly, as it always does. It also means it’s time to get your board retreat or team planning meeting on the calendar. Continue reading “Retreat and Training Opportunities”