Great Mission, Great Ideas, No Bandwidth?

Does your not-for-profit organization suffer from “great mission, great ideas, but no bandwidth?” Your board of directors is dynamic, engaged and committed. There is enthusiasm and a million ideas set to launch. Great. But who is going to do the work? Implementation requires manpower. Someone must do the work to bring the idea to reality.…

Create a Transformative Business Now!

What does it t to take to create a transformative business? What does it take to not only survive, but reach beyond and thrive? Envision a pyramid. The great Egyptian pyramids, for example, have withstood the millennia. Their structure is simple, elegant and substantive. Consider the pyramid as a model for building a transformative business.…

5 Tips to Thrive in Business Today

    To survive and thrive in business is a never-ending challenge. Even when sales are growing and business booming, threats of a downturn, or new and aggressive competitors, or a shift in demand are the realities of life. Things will change, and that change can crush the business you worked so hard to build. Recognize…

The Fight for the Not-For-Profit

For a not-for-profit organization, confusion regarding the roles of the Board of Directors and the Executive Director can be painful. Both sides can feel they are acting in good faith. And both sides can feel victimized. Ultimately, the question is, “Whose NFP is this, anyway?”   The Board of Directors is responsible for setting the…

Find Your Leadership Batting Average

In the leadership game, are you batting 500 or struggling at the bottom of the league? You are playing in the majors. And like any major league player, you skills need to be razor sharp. Rate yourself onthe following ten items; each is worth 50 points.   Do you have the financial and other reports…

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Do Good and Boost the Bottom Line

What is your strategy to boost the bottom line? You may be considering new markets, new products, or new competitive tactics. Your plans may include investing heavily in technology. Sometimes, however, simply doing good can help your business do well.  Consider the following five good ways to boost your bottom line. Treat employees with respect.…

Beating the Business Survival Odds

What are your odds for business survival? When tomorrow comes, will you have a solid customer base,  or will you be left behind? Crazy change is the norm for business. Our favorite cookies or soups might be the hot items today, and be off the shelves tomorrow. Log into Facebook, and the options have changed since…

15 Traits of an Inspirational Leader

Are you an inspirational leader? How would you describe yourself? What would your staff say? An inspirational leader brings out the best from staff members. The staff resonates with energy, enthusiasm, and a willingness to go the extra mile. So how does a leader achieve this? Inspirational leaders: Respect their staff. Inspirational leaders hire talented…

Happiness is an Efficient Meeting – 7 Tips Plus an Agenda Template!

When was the last time you were in an efficient meeting? When did you last walk out of the room thinking, “Wow! That was the best use of time, ever!” Whether the organizer or a participant, use the following tips to boost effectiveness. Know why you are meeting. Are you meeting to share information, or…

Profit and People: The Bottom Line

What is the bottom line for business? Revenues minus expenses is the stock answer, and it is absolutely correct. But what are the true expenses, and what is the true bottom line? Expenses are the payments made to generate profits. When profits are threatened, expenses may be cut.  And sometimes, to save the company, the sacrifices…