Organization development

Why Choose Gutsy?

A friend of mine noticed I’ve started signing my emails with a new closing: “Choose Gutsy.” So she sent me a note to say, “Yes, we sure need more gutsiness. Please write about it.” OK, so here we are. So what’s behind it when I say, “choose gutsy?” What I’m talking about is making a…

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Feeling Revolutionary

In these crazy days of a once-unthinkable Trump presidency, my Facebook notifications have been buzzing and beeping into my smartphone at an astonishing clip. Seems there’s a whiff of “revolution” in the air—on both sides of the ever-widening political spectrum. And while most of us are obliged to stay practical while we occupy our days…

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What’re Ya Doin’…January 3rd?

Another calendar year comes to a close. Our standard routines are disrupted by family gatherings, work holiday parties, religious observances, retail super-sales, movie blockbusters, and maybe a little extra binge-watching. While this time of indulgences and obligations begins to wind down, we’ll look back on the past twelve months with a range of emotions: nostalgia,…

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Right Under Your Nose

In our constant state of haste…our effort to always be innovative…our drive to shoot off daily content, we start to forget all that we already know. We under-estimate the wisdom we’ve already attained. Sometimes we need to just slow down and look right under our own noses at what we already have. The knowledge, know-how,…

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1% Rule: How Even Small Nonprofits Can Action for Leadership Development

Multiple studies and surveys tell us the nonprofit sector is headed for a veritable leadership cliff. (Yikes!) Demographics among the current population of executive directors point to inevitably high rates of turnover in the near future. Third Sector New England found in their survey work for “Leadership New England: Essential Shifts for a Thriving Nonprofit…

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Problems with Power

I’ve been fortunate lately to start collaborating with the super-talented Eric Meade of Whole Mind Strategy Group. We both share views on the need for major change to happen in how social sector organizations operate and generate their results. And we’ve both staked our work on advocating new 21st century means, methods and mindsets. It’s…

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The Anatomy of a Moment

[Part 2 of 2 – See Part 1, 5-Second Moments of Leadership] Let’s define a “meaningful moment” to mean a brief span of time (mere seconds) in which something is said or done that affects at least one person in a way that contributes to a thriving organization. If we can distinguish the characteristics of…

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5-Second Moments of Leadership

[Part 1 of 2] I had a brief exchange recently with a former colleague of mine who I learned now works with “human analytics.” I remarked to my friend that I definitely agree data is important. I couldn’t argue otherwise. But I worry. I worry that as we use human analytics to shape behavior and…

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The Journey that Counts

I long harbored an intense desire to travel across the United States, and I just checked that particular item off my bucket list! Since I’m an easterner, the trip was my own personal version of a journey into the West…very Hollywood. Now, I tried not to have a lot of expectations. After all, the idea…

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