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Leading in Turbulent times

By October 10, 2012April 25th, 2014Nonprofits

Today I am in Erie, PA and honored to be one of the guest speakers at the annual Nonprofit Day 2012 sponsored by The Nonprofit Partnership.

Today’s conference is titled: Leading in Turbulent Times.

The words gave me pause as I put together my sessions for today. I must admit I’m a bit of a word freak and word choices matter a lot to me. I tend to choose words that highlight the possibility.

And then as I reflected on my own life: The busyness of it; the uncertainty of our economy both in the U.S. and worldwide; the unrest in other parts of the world. I also thought about being self-employed, about always thinking about “what’s next.” It was then I realized I, like many nonprofit leaders, do a dance every day, in fact all year-long — to find the right people to support our work, to secure funding, to be a good listener to our team, and to manage uncertainty.

Turbulent is actually the exact right word to describe our situation.

Leaders, especially of nonprofit organizations, don’t often get a chance to pause and soak up information written to support their own personal development. So today is a short “leadership roundup” of articles and information to support YOU.

Three Leadership Traits that Never Go Out of Style from Harvard Business Review

  1. Trust
  2. Empathy
  3. Mentorship

Click here to read the full post.

Learning the Softer Side of Leadership from Fast Company

  1. Leaders are mirrors for the entire organization.
  2. Leadership is taking charge to help others execute.
  3. Leadership should be humbling.
  4. Leadership has an endpoint – organizations do not.

To read the rest of the list and the full post click here.

The Emotional Adventure of Leadership from HBR includes a Tedx Talk from Peter Bregman a strategic advisor to CEOs. Click here to read & view the video.

And finally my two sessions today are about Engaging Your Board in Fundraising and Clear, Bold Communication for Nonprofit Leaders. Slides from the sessions are located on Slideshare and can be accessed here and here. Or you can view the slides below. You can also visit Charity How To for upcoming webinars I’ll deliver about both topics.


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