Afraid to follow up? Use this phrase. #FollowUpFriday

Afraid to follow up? Use this phrase. #FollowUpFriday

I just finished a brand new book called Exactly What to Say by Phil Jones. He shares a couple dozen phrases to use in sticky situations. Some of the most helpful are in the context of following up. Think about a person you've asked to do something. Maybe you've asked...

4 Tips On Replacing An Executive Director

4 Tips On Replacing An Executive Director

Replacing an executive director is very hard to do. It can be traumatizing to the board, the staff and the community being served. But sometimes it needs to be done and doing it right is critical to the overall health of your organization. I write this post from the...

Do you lead your life or is life leading you?

Do you lead your life or is life leading you?

As an executive coach, I daily remind leaders to "lead your life." That they do not have to stay victims to schedules and demands and priorities. That rather than serving their schedule, their schedule can actually serve them. This morning, I needed to take my own...

Storytelling? Spend a bit more time on normal

Storytelling? Spend a bit more time on normal

Last week at the National Speakers Association conference, I was able to hear Kindra Hall teach on storytelling. As a producer of the Nonprofit Storytelling Conference, I have heard a lot of people speak on storytelling. Kindra is one of the best. Normal, Explosion,...

As a leader, do you have time for fiction?

As a leader, do you have time for fiction?

We leaders are busy people facing multiple demands. Although we know the saying, "leaders are readers," too often, reading dropped from our schedules. It feels like a luxury we can't afford. Especially reading fiction. But fiction may be just what leaders need to...

Finding the pony

Finding the pony

We leaders are busy people facing multiple demands. Although we know the saying, "leaders are readers," too often, reading dropped from our schedules. It feels like a luxury we can't afford. Especially reading fiction. But fiction may be just what leaders need to...

What questions should you ask an executive coach?

What questions should you ask an executive coach?

[Image courtesy of Sandy Rees] Growing up, I listened to a lot of motivational speakers. Many of them shared a story about a father with two sons. As an executive coach, I am amazed at how much this story reflects leaders' perspectives on life. The Father with Two...

To what end?

To what end?

LinkedIn is a funny thing. A week ago, SCOTTeVEST CEO Scott Jordan posted a question. Today, the post appeared in my newsfeed. With over 200 comments to it! The question was: Who uses an executive/life coach? I met someone that raved about his coach, so I am...

Are your systems hurting you?

Are your systems hurting you?

It seems that those of us attracted to nonprofit leadership are very good at "doing." We see a need right in front of us and fill it. And fill it again. In fact, we get so good at seeing the need in front of us, that we forget to lift up our head. A view of the...

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