Human resource professionals and hiring managers often ask me if there are certain qualities to look for when hiring prospective new successful nonprofit leaders that are likely to make them extraordinarily successful in their leadership roles. While there are no absolutes, Janice Cunning and I identified nine essential qualities through our personal experience in the nonprofit world as well as our work training and coaching nonprofit professionals that make nonprofit executives extraordinary. We found that there are a few characteristics that if carefully screened for can yield excellent new-hire results. [Read more…]
At Fundraising Leadership we are passionate about supporting nonprofit leaders in their growth. We are equally passionate about continuing to grow ourselves. The Fundraising Leadership team came together as a result of our love of learning. David and I met during a 10-month leadership program in North Carolina. And Silvia connected with us after she completed the program in Spain. [Read more…]
You are an extraordinary producer. Efficient, effective, and on top of your game.
Now, all of a sudden you accept a promotion within your organization to lead a team. Or, you were recruited away to lead a team in another organization.
Either way, the game has changed. Not only do you need to continue to produce results from your frontline work, you are also responsible for getting results from and through your team. [Read more…]
Are you part of a charity or nonprofit organization that does fundraising? If so, you understand how important it is to create a high-quality website that shares a variety of information with your audience (including potential donors). In this post, our good friend and SEO expert, Charlie Rose, shares the essential elements for a web page that converts visitors to donors. [Read more…]
Advancing in your career has many positives. There is the opportunity to make a greater impact; to motivate and inspire others; to undertake more challenging and fulfilling work; and to achieve greater financial security with a bigger paycheck. [Read more…]
If you’re the kind of person who feels overwhelmed when you start a big project, the “divide and prioritize” technique will serve you well. Dividing and prioritizing will enable you to determine the most important tasks to completing your big challenge. Each step you take will be reason for celebration and continuing to pursue your main objective. [Read more…]
Next week, I meet with the Conscious Leadership Tribe to discuss Commitment #3 from the 15 Commitments of Conscious Leaders: “I commit to feeling my feelings all the way through to completion. They come, and I locate them in my body then move, breathe and vocalize them, so they release all the way.” It’s a topic that this group of leaders comes back to from time-to-time because we assert that conscious leaders are emotionally intelligent.
I coach many fundraising professionals who are considering the next step in their career and what they really want is a job that is right for them. A job that is fulfilling, that aligns with their purpose, that challenges them, and brings out the best in them.
The journey to the right job starts with understanding your unique values, the intangibles that represent your unique essence. Your values are the compass that points you to the place where you can be true to yourself. [Read more…]
I boarded the bus and found a seat in the last row, next to two young people who were chatting away. I sat there observing them… I was struck by their relationship. Looking at each other’s eyes, they listened to each other, sitting close together. Each one’s body posture shifted as if reflecting on the other, and their voices alternated in a kind of conversational dance. Watching them confirmed to me that there is an art to being in a relationship.
In the marketplace for fundraiser talent, we know that demand currently outstrips supply. Consequently, advancement and development leaders often say that one of the most significant challenges they face is the hiring and retention of fundraising talent. While the economic forces of supply and demand are putting upward pressure on salaries, a common misconception about fundraiser recruitment and retention is that it’s “all about the money.” That’s a management and leadership cop-out.