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Joan Garry: Nonprofit Leader and former Executive Director of GLAAD helps fellow CEOs, Boards and Board Chairs, Fundraisers, and Nonprofit Marketers

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Joan Garry: Nonprofit Leader and former Executive Director of GLAAD helps fellow CEOs, Boards and Board Chairs, Fundraisers, and Nonprofit Marketers

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There is an opportunity in adversity

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Great ideas and reminders!

Excellent podcast!

By drkimmymaz - Mar 30 2020
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Excellent info! Uplifting and energizing.

iTunes Ratings

183 Ratings
Average Ratings
155
15
8
4
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There is an opportunity in adversity

By acusasha - Mar 31 2020
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Great ideas and reminders!

Excellent podcast!

By drkimmymaz - Mar 30 2020
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Excellent info! Uplifting and energizing.
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Nonprofits Are Messy: Lessons in Leadership | Fundraising | Board Development | Communications

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Joan Garry: Nonprofit Leader and former Executive Director of GLAAD helps fellow CEOs, Boards and Board Chairs, Fundraisers, and Nonprofit Marketers

Rank #1: Ep 86: An Artful Approach to Social Media (with Robin Cembalest)

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Learn how Robin Cembalest has built an enormous social media following and take away lessons that any nonprofit can implement.

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Jun 01 2019

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Rank #2: Ep 44: The Executive Director With No Staff (with Sarah Audet)

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With everything nonprofit leaders have to get done, imagine that you are the only staff person. What would that look like? I wanted to know...

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Oct 14 2017

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Rank #3: Ep 90: Why People Don’t Donate (and What You Can Do About It) (with Phil Buchanan)

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There are so many people who want to make a difference and your nonprofit is a vehicle for them to do just that. So why can it be so hard to get people (or foundations) to open their checkbooks?

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Aug 10 2019

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Rank #4: Ep 35: Stop Asking Your Board to Fundraise! (With Gail Perry)

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In this episode fundraising expert Gail Perry argues that pushing your board members to fundraise is a big mistake. She suggests a better approach...

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Apr 29 2017

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Rank #5: Ep 41: What Every New Board Member Needs to Understand

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I’d love for this podcast to be played for new board members – maybe at an orientation or perhaps at a board retreat when you are setting expectations.

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Jul 29 2017

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Rank #6: Ep 22: The Art and Science of Asking for Money (with Brian Saber)

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Why do so many people find it terrifying to ask for money, even for organizations they care deeply about? It's critical. Here's how to go about asking...

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Oct 08 2016

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Rank #7: Ep 61: How to Build a Smart Communications Plan (with Ben Wyskida)

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In this episode, Ben Wyskida, CEO of Fenton Communications explains what you must do to build a successful communications plan for your nonprofit.

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Jun 16 2018

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Rank #8: Ep 10: Successful Fundraising at Small Nonprofits – With Pamela Grow

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So your nonprofit is too small to hire a development director, but you won’t get any bigger without a development director. What do you do?

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Apr 24 2016

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Rank #9: Ep 96: The Telltale Signs of Founder Syndrome (Part 1) with Rachael Gibson

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A fascinating discussion about the remarkable nature of founders, founder syndrome, and how do you get a founder to leave.

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Nov 02 2019

37mins

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Rank #10: Ep 34: Leading a Small (But Mighty) Nonprofit (With Joan Garry)

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Small nonprofits need as much (or more) help than larger ones but usually don't have the same resources available. This episode focuses on their issues...

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Apr 15 2017

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Rank #11: Ep 53: Asking for Money Isn’t Sexy… But Philanthropy Is (with Claire Axelrad)

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Neuroscientists confirm that when somebody gives a donation, it lights up the same part of the brain as having sex or eating chocolate. So why does fundraising give so many adults the creeps? And how to you build a culture of philanthropy where everyone understands how they can effectively contribute?

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Mar 03 2018

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Rank #12: Ep 40: Overcoming Fundraising Mistakes (with Jim Bennett)

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Fundraising can be full of landmines. But is there a way to turn fundraising lemons into lemonade? Why yes, I do believe there is.

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Jul 15 2017

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Rank #13: Ep 95: How Do We Ignite Our Volunteers? (with Tobi Johnson)

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Volunteerism is both noble and necessary in our polarized world. But how do you ignite them and keep them engaged over the long term?

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Oct 19 2019

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Rank #14: Ep 18: Mission Control and Strategic Planning (with Liana Downey)

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It seems like everyone views strategic planning with a sort of dread. But when you do it right, it's game changing. With special guest Liana Downey.

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Aug 13 2016

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Rank #15: Ep 64: Donors Who Know More, Give More (with Roxie Jerde)

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How educated do you think most donors are about the organization they support and invest in? Not very. And this is a big problem we must solve.

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Jul 28 2018

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Rank #16: Ep 4: Nonprofits Are Messy AND Funny: My Interview With Vu Le of Nonprofit With Balls

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His blog is called Nonprofit With Balls. How can you not laugh? Here's my interview with the hysterical Vu Le.

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Mar 07 2016

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Rank #17: Ep 57: You Can Do Hard Things

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How can you run a nonprofit with so little staff? You want to make a difference with that budget? There is so much hard work to be done - surely you can’t do these hard things, can you? Guess what… you can. Here’s the proof.

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Apr 14 2018

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Rank #18: Bonus Episode: Small But Mighty Nonprofits

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Most folks are utterly clueless about the size and scope of the nonprofit sector. In fact it’s not really thought of as a sector.

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Sep 14 2019

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Rank #19: Ep 29: Leadership Transitions: How to Avoid the Mess (with Don Tebbe)

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Don Tebbe, an expert at planning successful leadership transitions, joined me to give us all some great advice on how to navigate the waters of change.

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Feb 04 2017

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Rank #20: Ep 83: You’re Doing Meetings All Wrong (with Priya Parker)

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Learn from my guest Priya Parker how to create super effective meetings, resolve tough conflicts, and throw killer dinner parties.

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Apr 20 2019

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Ep 109: How to Have a Difficult Conversation - Part 1

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Think about a dreaded moment in which you had to tell someone something they didn’t want to hear or just didn’t want to know… Or that you knew would lead to a confrontation.

This episode is about difficult conversations and how to approach them.

Most of us try to avoid these kinds of difficult conversations. They are just so uncomfortable. But if you handle them the right way, you can actually come out better on the other side.

Sheila Heen, co-author of the best-selling book Difficult Conversations, has been a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School since 1995. She joins the podcast today to discuss how there are actually more than two sides to every story.

How do you build the muscle to make sure difficult conversations go well? What might you not be aware of that could change everything?

This is part 1 of a 2-part podcast.

About Sheila Heen

Sheila is a Founder of Triad Consulting Group and has been on the Harvard Law School faculty since 1995. Sheila’s corporate clients include Pixar, Hugo Boss, the NBA, the Federal Reserve Bank, Ford, Novartis, AT&T and numerous family businesses. She often works with executive teams, helping them to work through conflict, repair working relationships, and make sound decisions together.

In the public sector she has also provided training for the New England Organ Bank, the Singapore Supreme Court, the Obama White House, and theologians struggling with disagreement over the nature of truth and God. Sheila has spent more than twenty years with the Harvard Negotiation Project, developing negotiation theory and practice. She specializes in particularly difficult negotiations – where emotions run high and relationships become strained.

Sheila is co-author of two New York Times bestsellers: Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most (Penguin 2nd ed 2010), and the recently released Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well (Even When It’s Off Base, Unfair, Poorly Delivered, and Frankly, You’re Not in the Mood) (Penguin 2014).

She has written for the Harvard Business Review, for the New York Times as a guest expert and as a Modern Love writer. Sheila has appeared on shows as diverse as Oprah and the G. Gordon Liddy show, NPR, Fox News, and CNBC’s Power Lunch. She has spoken at the Global Leadership Summit, Nordic Business Forum, Apple, Google, and Microsoft. Her articles have appeared in the New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Fortune, Harvard Negotiation Journal, and Real Simple.

Sheila is a graduate of Occidental College in Los Angeles, and Harvard Law School. She is schooled in negotiation daily by her three children.

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  • Wrestling with the inner voices
  • The three conversations or stories
  • The meaning of what is not said
  • Are you being too defensive?
  • Using feedback to grow

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May 23 2020

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Ep 108: Starting a New CEO Job in the Heat of a Pandemic

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Imagine you were just hired as the CEO of a wonderful nonprofit. A health organization. It’s exciting. You feel a sense of pride and privilege. You gather your belongings and leave your family on the West Coast to start your new job on the East Coast. They will join you soon.

While you know the Coronavirus is becoming a big problem, it doesn’t quite register how it will impact work and home.

You arrive at your new job and 18 hours later find yourself leading the Incident Command Team for a pandemic that is now clearly sweeping the globe. Oh, and borders have closed and COVID-19 has kept the family apart since March 7th.

Ellen LaPointe, CEO of Fenway Health joins the podcast to tell the story of how she took on her new role, met and bonded with her team, and how they came together. How their ingenuity, teamwork and force-of-will helped them to make immediate and dramatic shifts to reduce community spread of COVID-19, all while delivering care to patients in a completely new way.

Ellen also shared a bit about her personal story and how she affected an onboarding 101 plan at both a leadership and staff level.

Listen for tips on leadership during a crisis and beyond.

About Ellen

Ellen LaPointe is the Chief Executive Officer of Fenway Health in Boston.

Ellen has held numerous leadership roles in the nonprofit and public health sectors, working in social justice, research, LGBTQIA+/HIV activism and advocacy, health policy, law, and equity over the last three decades.

Prior to joining Fenway, she was President and Chief Executive Officer of Northern California Grantmakers in San Francisco, a nonprofit that brings together Bay Area philanthropy to advance the common good. During her tenure over five years, the organization strengthened its leading role within a member-based philanthropic community that gives over $3.5 billion annually. Ellen is also credited with transforming the culture of the organization, including the establishment of a robust equity framework to inform organizational priorities and practices.

Previously, Ellen served as Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at HopeLab, an operating foundation that focuses on technology-based approaches to promoting positive health behavior, and she was Executive Director of Project Inform.

She began her career as Coordinator of the Brown University AIDS Program, where she was involved in some of the earliest efforts to ensure access to promising experimental AIDS treatments and life-saving care. Ellen moved to San Francisco to become Director of Clinical Research at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital and later practiced law at a large firm, where she represented pro bono clients in cases involving marriage equality, wrongful eviction, end-of-life liberty, and other matters.

A native of Maine, Ellen earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University and her Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. She currently serves on the boards of the Lambda Literary Foundation and One Justice.

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  • The challenges of converting to telehealth with HIPAA compliance
  • How imagination kicks in during a crisis
  • Will there be capacity to integrate telehealth going forward? Or will we go back to business as usual?
  • How does communication lead to success?
  • 5 things you need to do during onboarding
  • How does humble confidence play a role in success
  • The art and value of self-care
  • You might not be able to plan for a specific crisis, but you can still plan
  • Reusing structures that were in place during previous crisis
  • A priest and a therapist walk into a bar…

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May 09 2020

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Ep 107: The Top 20 Attributes of an Outstanding Board

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Does your nonprofit have an outstanding board of directors? Some really do!

But there’s the flip side. I know folks who have run screaming from board service, vowing never to join another nonprofit board. Why is that?

What does an outstanding board actually look like anyway? And whose job is it to find board members?

When you are looking to build an outstanding board think of it as a strategic casting call! Today’s podcast reviews the top characteristics of an outstanding board and lists the ideal attributes of a board leader.

Spoiler alert, many are the same as the top attributes of an executive director.

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  • How do you design your board with intentionality?
  • Should we consider paying board members so they’ll be more accountable?
  • Whose job is it to promote engagement?
  • What’s the secret sauce for building a leadership pipeline?
  • What does board success look like?

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Apr 25 2020

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Ep 106: Introducing Your Nonprofit Life (with Laura Zielke)

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There is nothing like a good spinoff. Some of the best TV shows of all time found their origins in another show. And now there’s a spinoff of this podcast!

My guest today is the host of the new podcast, Your Nonprofit Life, Laura Zielke. Laura is the Director of Community Experience for the Nonprofit Leadership Lab. She has provided support, encouragement, and advice to more than 5,000 nonprofit leaders worldwide. And her new podcast is about you, the small nonprofit. Laura’s been blown away by the conversations she’s already had. People are so motivated by their passion to help others. And she wants to tell you all about it. Learn, be inspired, become motivated. Spend 20 minutes each week being introduced to somebody who’s doing something that makes the world a better place.

Find Your Nonprofit Life on iTunes, Spotify, and other places you get your podcasts weekly. Also www.yournonprofitlife.com, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter (@yournplife), and YouTube.

  • Why launch a new podcast?
  • What are the goals of the new podcast?
  • What topics or themes will be explored?
  • Who will be some of the guests?

About Laura Zielke:

Laura is the Community Manager for The Nonprofit Leadership Lab, our online membership site for board and staff leaders of small nonprofits. She serves our community by facilitating meaningful connections and fostering authenticity, generosity, and laughter.

For the past two decades, Laura has worked as graphics/website designer and marketing consultant for a variety of organizations spanning the nonprofit sector from environmental and health to education and arts & culture and faith based organizations.

Laura earned her Master of Divinity degree from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where she focused her studies on Biblical Studies, Greek, and Archaeology after earning a Bachelor of Arts at California Baptist University with a major in Religion.

No fiercer advocate for nonprofit leaders will you find than Laura. She goes above and beyond to ensure that nonprofit leaders have the resources and advice they need and deserve. The thousands of active members of our Lab feel a true sense of community because of Laura’s “divine” intervention.

Laura lives in North Carolina. John is her lucky husband and Zachary is their lucky home schooled teenage son.

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Apr 11 2020

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Ep 105: Leadership in the Time of COVID-19

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Like all of us, I am struggling. Not gonna lie. I’ve come face to face with a label I’d been ignoring. My wife and I are older Americans with some underlying health conditions. We are following all the rules and feel lucky that not only do we love each other but we like each other a lot too. No one else I’d rather be quarantined with. But this is stressful.

Everyone contends with pervasive anxiety in different ways. It’s pretty clear what my coping mechanism is. It’s the hardwiring that led me to become a nonprofit executive director. I obsess with helping. And that obsession is now on overdrive.

In a world so very hungry for leadership I have five pieces of advice from me to all of you leaders and helpers out there.

Hoping all who can stay at home will do so while we are trying to contain the pandemic. You may notice from the quality of my audio that I was home when I recorded this.

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Mar 28 2020

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Ep 104: Creating a Nonprofit Communications Engine (with Sarah Durham)

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Is your nonprofit clear about how to effectively communicate and build engagement? Is your organizational voice clear and compelling across the board? And what exactly is a “nonprofit communications engine”?

The answers to these questions and more is the topic of today’s podcast.

In writing her new book, today’s guest, Sarah Durham, CEO and founder of Big Duck Communications, asked herself whether there was a scalable model that Executive Directors can use to manage communications that help to build an “army of the engaged” regardless of what kind of organization they are running.

Big Duck’s mission is to help organizations use communications in a strategic way with a clear voice and smart branding. And we’re lucky to have Sarah come onto the podcast to instruct us on how to do just that.

About Sarah Durham

Sarah launched Big Duck in 1994, Big Duck is a marketing company designed for non-profits. In 2019, she acquired Advomatic, a company that helps nonprofit and advocacy driven companies to improve their online technologies. Clients include the ACLU, Universities and Governmental organizations. In 2020, Sarah released her second book, The Nonprofit Communications Engine. Serves as Chair of National Brain Tumor Society’s Board of Directors.

Sarah Durham is a nonprofit communications nerd. Sarah Durham is an adjunct professor at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Sarah Also contributes expertise to The Chronicles of Philanthropy Website. In 2006, Durham was named a “top fundraiser under 40” by Fundraising Success Magazine. Sarah is driven by social justice and believes that it is important to fight for what is right and fighting against inequality.

Big Duck recently completed a complete rebrand for Shriver Center on Poverty Law, focusing on creating a more inclusive and interactive appearance.

In This Podcast

  • What are nonprofits most unclear about?
  • How does communications tie into branding work?
  • What thwarts nonprofits from investing enough in communications?
  • Do you need a big budget for communications?
  • The three outcomes that lead to effective communication
  • How to achieve sustainable momentum
  • How to identify and prioritize your audience
  • The value of setting priorities

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Mar 14 2020

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Ep 103: Stronger Together: The Power of Cohort Learning (with Darlene Nipper)

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I teach that there are three “big rocks” for nonprofit leaders to prioritize… 3 areas of focus that – more than anything else – make or break a nonprofit.

The first of those rocks is all about leadership development. How important it is to invest in yourself as a leader.

That’s all well and good, Joan. But what kind of leadership development? Well, the most valuable kind of leadership development happens in a group. And that’s what this episode is all about.

Darlene Nipper, CEO of Rockwood Leadership Institute, joins me in this episode to discuss how working within a diverse cohort not only breeds creativity but improves the ability of a leader to create better and more productive work environments, and to focus on purpose, vision, performance, and partnership.

And guess what? Being in a cohort may help cure your imposter syndrome too.

Nonprofit leadership doesn’t have to be lonely. Not one bit.

About Darlene Nipper

With over 25 years of leadership and advocacy experience, Darlene joined Rockwood in 2012 as a member of the training team. She previously served as deputy executive director of the National LGBTQ Task Force, executive director of the BET Foundation, chief operating officer at NAMI and founder of its Multicultural and International Policy Center, and director of LGBT affairs in the Executive Office of the Mayor of D.C. Darlene, a native Washingtonian, is also an ordained interfaith minister, practices mindfulness meditation, deep presence, and living joy.

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  • How Rockwood creates cohorts that are most effective at developing leadership skills
  • The value of cross sector experience
  • Leadership development as an asset that can be sold to funders
  • Understanding how to connect with other people
  • Focusing on the leadership rather than on the procedural
  • Getting rid of imposter syndrome
  • The transition from corporate to nonprofit America
  • Moving at the speed of trust
  • Shift from individual to collective to make dreams come true and change happen
  • Leadership development ROI
  • Thinking like a collaborator
  • The importance of clarity of purpose, vision, and team alignment

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Mar 02 2020

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Ep 102: Is Abuse of Power Epidemic in the Nonprofit Sector? (with Sarah Beaulieu and Kim Jones)

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One of my articles in the Chronicle of Philanthropy elicited a tremendous amount of reader response. How to contend with abuse of power.

It occurred to me that if you are a nonprofit or volunteer who is dealing with a funder or you are a small nonprofit with no human resource department, the situation becomes even worse.

While I felt like I could identify the myriad of ways in which these issues manifest I thought it best to seek out advice from two experts on how to address and avoid abuse of power.

Sarah Beaulieu writes and speaks frequently about sexual violence, including a 2016 TEDxBeaconStreet talk. Kim Jones is an employment trial attorney who also trains on a variety of employment issues.

Learn how you can act from a place of power when you are at your most vulnerable, where you can get help, and what can you do to turn your situation around.

About Sarah Beaulieu

Sarah Beaulieu is the author of Breaking the Silence Habit: A Practical Guide to Uncomfortable Conversations in the #MeToo Workplace. She trains workplaces and managers on skills-based sexual harassment prevention and response. Her expertise has been featured in multiple news outlets, including Fox News, Harvard Business Review, the Associated Press, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, NPR, AskMen, and the Boston Business Journal. In 2018, Sarah co-founded An Uncomfortable Conversation, a nonprofit YouTube channel that helps people engage in meaningful conversations about sexual violence through short videos. A proud graduate of Brown University, Sarah lives with her family in Boston, Massachusetts.
Website: www.sarahbeaulieu.me

About Kim Jones

Kim Jones is an employment trial lawyer representing companies, not-for-profits, and higher education institutions, in federal and state courts, and before AAA and labor arbitration panels. In addition to providing day-to-day counsel on human resources issues, she trains management and non- management employees nationwide on a variety of employment issues, including prohibited harassment, effective supervision, and managing the absent employee.

Kim is currently serving as the firm’s Managing Partner.

Kim is very active in the community serving on several boards and committees including The Central Exchange Board (2004-2010), Co-Chair Engagement of Win/Win, Friends of Art (2010- 2011), Heartland Labor & Employment Institute Steering Committee and Seminar Chair (2009), Human Rights Campaign Kansas City Steering Committee (2005-2008), the University of Kansas School of Law Board of Governors, Mid-America Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Business Council Steering Committee and the Women’s Employment Network Board.

In this podcast

  • When the issue is interpersonal rather than legal
  • How passion for your mission can affect your judgement
  • How does power associated with money, race or gender play out in incidences of harassment or bullying?
  • Who has control over these behaviors?
  • Can employers force policy on volunteers? How explicit are your onboarding practices?
  • Does approaching board recruitment from a place of scarcity affect the abuse of power scenario?
  • How to build the skills to have difficult conversations
  • Emphasizing the importance of your organization’s policy on harassment
  • Who has liability anyway?
  • Accessing community resources
  • What if the board chair IS the problem?
  • Shifting the power dynamics
  • Creating inclusive environments that foster breaking silence

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Feb 15 2020

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Ep 101: Managing the Tension of Change (with Michael DePass)

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Managing change is hard. But change is inevitable

And while change can lead to growth, sometimes leaders fail to manage the tensions that growth brings, and this can cripple an organization’s impact.

My guest today, Michael DePass, an expert on managing change, teaches that thinking in an either/or way about a problem that has multiple sides/variables/perspectives limits our effectiveness. That kind of thinking won’t help us solve complex problems, can lead to “stuck” thinking and stalemate, arguing and conflict, and compounds misunderstandings (potentially leading to irreconcilable differences).

Michael, who leads the K-12 education sector efforts at the Center for Creative Leadership, discusses with me polarity thinking and managing change. He contends that finding the multiple sides of an issue, focusing on and instead of adopting an either/or mentality can make all the difference.

But what does that mean in practice? I was dying to find out.

Change brings discomfort. The question becomes how to manage change in a way that builds relationships that truly create more capacity and avoids undermining growth.

About Michael DePass

Michael has spent fifteen years working in the education and nonprofit sectors in roles including starting new schools, being a site-based school leader, and overseeing a network of schools. In these roles he has lead a school turnaround, lead the design of new principal and teacher evaluation processes, evaluated principals, lead principal and teacher recruiting, overseen curriculum development, site acquisition and development, managed authorizer and board relationships, and developed strategic plans.

Michael’s work in nonprofit organizations includes being a founding leader of a faith-based community development organization, being on the research staff and leading youth programming for a Ford foundation funded Africa-focused advocacy and policy intuitive, and being in a senior leadership role of an international development firm.

In addition to these roles, Michael has been an advisor for the education division of a Fortune 500 consumer packaged goods company, served as an expert witness on school economics, and co-lead professional development for high performing principals in a pioneering school district in the educational reform movement. Michael has also worked for the strategy-consulting firm McKinsey and Company, where he specialized in large-scale transformations serving firms including state utilities, aluminum manufacturing, and global textile and packaging firms.

As part of the Center’s Societal Advancement Group, Michael leads the Center’s work with clients in the K-12 Education sector. Michael also serves as a faculty member designing and delivering transformational leadership development experiences. As a former school leader and school network leader, Michael has particular expertise in designing and delivering leadership programs for educational leaders. Michael brings twenty years of experience leading change, designing and delivering professional development, and coaching and mentoring leaders.

In this podcast

  • Consequences of moving too fast
  • Warning signs that you are not managing change/tensions around change
  • What’s at the heart of the tensions around managing change?
  • What is Polarity Thinking?
  • How does our own passions and personal preferences inform our current focus?
  • How does feeling voiceless affect managing change?
  • Maintaining the core components of a culture as you engage differently
  • How does growth and diversity affect the core culture of an organization?
  • Is avoiding tension ever a good practice?

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Feb 01 2020

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Ep 100: The Professional Interim Executive Director (with Margo Amgott)

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When your Executive Director is actually the “Interim Executive Director,” it means something went wrong… right?

What caused this dilemma and what are the consequences? A failed leadership search? Organizational vulnerability? A big fat red flag for potential donors?

Not long ago I spoke with a board chair about lessons learned from a failed search. What my guest today calls “the accidental interim.” I asked him what the biggest lesson was. “Oh that’s easy,” he said.

“I would have hired an interim CEO.”

Really? Well I certainly have a few questions!

This idea wasn’t a “thing” a while ago. But now we have professional interims. But doesn’t this bring up a whole bunch of issues? How do you establish credibility and trust with staff and board? Do you have any authority? Doesn’t it just prolong that “pause” or ‘wait and see’ button that donors hit during a transition?

I figure if I had these questions, you would too.

And so I went and found us an expert. A professional interim E.D.

Today’s guest, Margo Amgott who provides transitional support and project management to mission-oriented non-profit organizations, joins us to answer some big questions about being a professional interim executive director.

Listen for advice given to boards in transition who are trying to make a decision on whether or not an interim ED is the right choice for their organization.

Learn what should be expected of an interim, how long should they be in place, and whether it’s a one size fits all approach.

About Margo Amgott

Margo Amgott provides transitional support and project management to mission-oriented non-profit organizations through her consulting company, Amgott Interim LLC. She has served in leadership roles in state and local government, higher education and leading nonprofits. Amgott holds a master’s degree from NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and a BA from Barnard College. She currently serves as interim executive director for Studio in a School, overseeing visual arts instruction by teaching artists to more than 30,000 students each year in publicly-funded schools in New York City. Previously, she served as Interim CEO at Hearing Health Foundation, the largest non-profit funder of hearing and balance research in the U.S. and a leader in driving new innovations and treatments for people with hearing loss. She served as interim executive director at Jewish Community Project Downtown, interim associate provost at Hunter College and executive director of the NYU Child Study Center. Earlier in her career, Ms. Amgott directed the City’s Early Intervention Program for children with developmental delays and disabilities at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and spent more than 15 years at Columbia University overseeing programs providing student health and campus wellness.

In this podcast

  • The difference between an acting ED and an Interim ED
  • Is the schedule and learning curve for an Interim ED the same as a regular ED?
  • Are interims fixers or assessors?
  • How long is it appropriate to be an interim?
  • How to market an interim to stakeholders. What works and what doesn’t?
  • Is this only an internal job or can it be external?
  • How to build trust with staff
  • What should the interim involvement be, if any, in the full time search?
  • Do interim EDs make asks? How is revenue impacted?

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Jan 18 2020

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Ep 99: What Visionaries Do Best (with Paul Rice)

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What kind of person does it take to build a movement? What are the strategies that take something seemingly small and turn it into a global game changer?

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Jan 04 2020

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Ep 98: Movements are Like Relay Races (with Frances Kunreuther)

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I’m thrilled to give voice to a passionate change agent who knows how to build a movement, Frances Kunreuther, Co-Director of the Building Movement Project.

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Dec 07 2019

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Ep 97: The Telltale Signs of Founder Syndrome (Part 2) with Rachael Gibson

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The founder of your organization is leaving and you’re coming in as the new leader. How do you follow a founder and be successful?

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Nov 16 2019

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Ep 96: The Telltale Signs of Founder Syndrome (Part 1) with Rachael Gibson

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A fascinating discussion about the remarkable nature of founders, founder syndrome, and how do you get a founder to leave.

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Nov 02 2019

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Ep 95: How Do We Ignite Our Volunteers? (with Tobi Johnson)

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Volunteerism is both noble and necessary in our polarized world. But how do you ignite them and keep them engaged over the long term?

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Oct 19 2019

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Ep 94: Tales From the Trenches (with Darian Rodriguez Heyman)

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From messes to remarkable victories, boards who step up to those missing in action; from bad days to the days you save someone’s life… we all have tales.

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Oct 05 2019

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Ep 93: Why Even a Good Executive Director Needs a Coach

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Professional development for nonprofit leaders - luxury or necessity? In this podcast I talk about how maximizing impact requires an investment in support.

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Sep 21 2019

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Bonus Episode: Small But Mighty Nonprofits

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Most folks are utterly clueless about the size and scope of the nonprofit sector. In fact it’s not really thought of as a sector.

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Sep 14 2019

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Ep 92: The Lonely Nonprofit Leader (with Glennda Testone)

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You’ve probably heard of “Imposter Syndrome”. But have you heard of “Loneliness Syndrome”?

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Sep 07 2019

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Ep 91: The Diversity Problem in Our Sector (with Diahann Billings-Burford)

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Nonprofits have a diversity problem. Big time. And I believe this is one of the most important issues facing the sector today.

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Aug 24 2019

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There is an opportunity in adversity

By acusasha - Mar 31 2020
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Great ideas and reminders!

Excellent podcast!

By drkimmymaz - Mar 30 2020
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Excellent info! Uplifting and energizing.