November 21, 2018

For those of you that don’t know the history, Giving Tuesday is in its sixth year of existence and was started by folks at the 92nd Street Y in New York and the United Nations Foundation to bring people together and celebrate generosity and the giving tradition in Amer...

October 10, 2018

The great divide, as it is often thought of in non-profit workplaces, is the disconnect that can exist between employees providing direct service and those working in administrative roles or on a development team.  I spent much of my career working in an organization w...

August 9, 2018

How many of you work for small or mid-sized non-profits that don’t employ a human resource professional?  For a great deal of organizations, the size of the team and the size of the budget either don’t warrant or don’t allow for the employment of a qualified HR staff m...

June 12, 2018

I recently shared a post on my social media channels about a generally accepted operational definition of “capacity building”, which I think is a bit of mystery to many, including those who you use the term regularly.  That got me thinking – are there other phrases and...

April 12, 2018

Before transitioning into a career as a consultant, I spent almost 15 years working in mostly mid-size social service agencies in Detroit, New York and Chicago.  In all that time, I had a male boss for approximately four months.  I worked for women at all levels – my b...

March 4, 2018

Something I always struggled with when working full-time (and who are we kidding, it was way more than full time) at a social service agency was my desire to volunteer or give back outside of the work I did for a paycheck.I have always felt strongly everyone should vol...

January 1, 2018

Although I don’t feel equipped or even inspired to offer any real solutions here (this is more of a venting session), I wanted to write a post about this topic because the oft ambiguous role of an operations manager/director is a phenomenon I’ve experienced personally...

November 1, 2017

Without a doubt, silos in the workplace permeate all industries, both for profit and not.  However, after more than a year of spending significant time working with an assortment of non-profits, I’m left wondering if perhaps the problem is more commonplace in these org...

September 1, 2017

What does it really mean anyway?  Well, according to dictionary.com it means: to build a successful working relationship with a superior, manager, or employer.  Others have defined the practice as a way to work towards the mutual benefit of both the employee and manage...

August 1, 2017

I spent many years in the throes of a middle management position (also often known as senior management, program director, leadership team etc.) and though I mostly loved it, there were some challenges that I wonder if other folks in similar roles have also experienced...

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