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Coaching as a Capacity-Building Tool: An Interview with Bill Ryan

Share28<p>Tweet<p>Email<p>Share<p>28 Shares<p>“SHOWER OF SHOOTING STARS” © BETTMANN/CORBIS<p><i>Editors’ note: Bill Ryan, well-known coauthor of</i> Governance as Leadership: …

What Is Organizational Culture? And Why Should We Care?

If you want to provoke a vigorous debate, start a conversation on organizational culture. While there is universal agreement that (1) it exists, and (2) that it plays a crucial role in shaping behavior in organizations, there is little consensus on what organizational culture actually is, never …

8 Things Productive People Do During the Workday

Forget about your job title or profession – <i>everyone</i> is looking for ways to be more productive at work. It’s time to set down your gallon-sized …

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Why marketers choose certain colors

<i>This story originally ran on PR Daily in May 2013.</i><p>It’s no secret that different colors evoke different emotions in us, and that marketers have been …

Define Your Organization’s Habits to Work More Efficiently

We don’t often think about the way we usually operate at work, whether we’re performing an informal five-step process for evaluating a new proposal, or setting priorities for managing our time. But our ability to improve the ways we do things depends on defining and shaping our daily habits of mind …

Financial Independence: Six Approaches

Share<p>Tweet<p>Email<p>Share<p>© Gabriel Shaffer, <i>Mutiny on Wood County, 2006</i><p><b>Editors’ note:</b> <i>This article was originally published in the fall 2006 edition of the</i> …

33 Must-Read Updates to Social Media for Social Good: A How-To Guide for Nonprofits

<i>Social Media for Social Good: A How-To Guide for Nonprofits</i> was released in August 2011 and despite the rapid change occurring on the Social and …

How to Get Others to See Your Potential

Overcoming people’s past perceptions of you isn’t easy. When I launched my consulting business seven years ago, I was astonished to find — years later — that acquaintances and even friends hadn’t kept up with my career transition. They’d ask about my past work in politics or nonprofit advocacy, …

How to Walk Away

The psychology of lost causes<p>Phineas H/Flickr<p>Most of us know what it's like to stay in a job or a relationship after it's stopped being satisfying, or to take on a project that's too big and be reluctant to admit it. CEOs have been known to allocate manpower and money to projects long after it …

A Better Way to Think About Your Business Model

The business model canvas — as opposed to the traditional, intricate business plan — helps organizations conduct structured, tangible, and strategic conversations around new businesses or existing ones. Leading global companies like GE, P&G, and Nestlé use the canvas to manage strategy or create …

Free Yourself from Conventional Thinking

Groundbreaking ideas are no longer a luxury when success is contingent upon an organization’s ability to adapt, innovate, and improve. We need look no further than Kodak, Sears, or Sony for validation that status-quo thinking is the fast-track to failure. How, then, can organizations break free of …

Good charities spend more on admin but it is not money wasted

Donors should not favour charities that have low administration costs as they are likely to be low performers, new evidence has suggested.<p>The …

Hiring an Intern? What to Do Before the Summer Starts

Recently, the marketing director for a tech start-up told me that her CEO was furiously drafting job descriptions for a half-dozen summer interns. She was planning to bring a small army of youngsters on board to help push her business into overdrive this summer. As the director of marketing looked …

Scale Readiness: A Checklist (SSIR)

Scaling is critical to any nonprofit looking to increase impact—but of course, it is easier said than done. In addition to gaining board engagement …

The Scientific 7-Minute Workout

Pastor Jim Wallis: Get Out Of The Pews, Go Out And Help

Pastor <b>Jim Wallis</b> is an active public religious leader, lobbying lawmakers and recently serving as a spiritual adviser to President Barack Obama. He's …

Who Should Set Fundraising Targets? | The Agitator - Fundraising, Direct Marketing and Advocacy Strategies for Nonprofits

Faithful Agitator reader Reinier Spruit at Greenpeace International and 101fundraising blog has shared the results of his interesting survey on …

Overcome the Complexity Within You

Although it doesn’t show up explicitly in any personality test, some people seem to be more prone to creating complexity than others. Instead of cutting to the heart of an issue, they tangle it further; rather than narrowing down projects, they allow the scope to keep expanding; and instead of …

7 ways to boost your mental health (and get better sleep)

The state of your mind is so much more than a diagnosis, says Sarah Hamid-Balma, director of mental health promotion at the B.C. division of the Canadian Mental Health Association. "You can be someone who has a diagnosed mental illness and have good mental health," she says; and conversely, "you …

Do Nonprofits Really Limit Advertising Because of Pressure to Cut Overhead?

Share5<p>Share<p>Tweet<p>Email<p>Shares 5<p>An increasingly popular view in the nonprofit sector is that nonprofits fail to adequately invest in advertising because …

Save Money and Shop Smart: Know the Style Pyramid | The Art of Manliness

Let’s just be honest: style, for men, is a hard thing to grasp. It’s especially hard when buying new clothes. We always forget our sizes, we don’t …

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Men's Fashion, Style, Grooming, Fitness, Lifestyle, News & Politics

New Arrivals<p><i>GQ</i>’s editors pick the freshest menswear, sneakers, watches and more worth your disposable income.<p>16 Photos3 days agoView More<p>Style<p>The …

Men's Fashion, Style, Grooming, Fitness, Lifestyle, News & Politics

Profiles<p>Atlanta’s realest rapper doesn't say much—but when he does, we listen.<p>By Samuel Hine20 hours agoView More<p>Editors' Picks<p>Your new summer secret …

The Three Elements of Successful Data Visualizations

Now that we’ve discussed when data visualization works — and when it doesn’t, let’s delve into what makes a successful data visualization. Although there are a number of criteria, including ease of comprehension and aesthetics, I’d like to explore the three that designers most often overlook.<p><b>1. It</b> …

Leadership Tip: Hire the Quiet Neurotic, Not the Impressive Extrovert

Most leaders are attracted to the guy or woman who seems confident and outgoing, unafraid in any situation or facing any challenge. They expect an extrovert to infuse any team with energy, to push ahead on projects and to motivate colleagues to do their best work. Meantime they have low …

10,000 reasons to use Google Grants

Started by Google in 2003, Google Grants helps nonprofit organizations raise money and promote their missions and initiatives on Google. I think …