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Planning

Planning for Possibilities

It’s 2021 and we need to understand why planning for possibilities is important. What a difference a month makes! After too long in darkness, we’ve seen movement (despite some setbacks) in deploying COVID vaccines. Plus, we have a new administration in Washington, with the first female, first Black and first Asian-American vice president of the

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Planning

Bad News is Good News

I planned that my first newsletter for 2021 would start on a strong positive note. But the events of the last few weeks, capped by the US Capitol incursion, make it challenging to put a bright face on the new year picture. But those who know me, and whom I’ve worked with over the years,

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Leadership

Focus Rest & Refresh

This will be my final newsletter for the year. And what a year it has been! Covid has dominated our lives for all but a few weeks in 2020. Concurrently we’ve faced major economic and racial justice issues and upheaval in Washington. Throughout the year, many individuals and organizations were forced to run at an

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Leadership

Giving Thanks

This is surely the most challenging year that nonprofits have faced in a generation, forced to struggle with the chaos of Covid-19 during a time of great political turmoil. But in the midst of these many changes some things remain the same: Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and a month later the year will

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Planning

Planning and the November Election

You don’t often hear the term “court sense” when discussing the leadership of nonprofits. The term comes from basketball, describing the ability of a player to see what’s developing on the court, at all times. They have a game plan, but they also have to adjust on the fly, studying their opponents’ behavior and seizing

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Leadership

Collaboration Mindset

Collaboration mindset. Consider, for a moment, just that one word. Collaboration. I have long encouraged nonprofits to collaborate, but collaboration has never been more important, even urgent, than it is today. Right now nonprofits are focused on their immediate survival. They are worried about tomorrow, not months from now. Do they have money in the

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