Planning

5-10% for Planning

I always urged my teams to spend five to ten percent of their time planning, and to start each day reassessing and reaffirming their priorities. Next, plan the rest of your week. Then, if you shift your thinking outwards three–twelve months, you’ll reduce the lack of control that builds up from being constantly in a

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Planning

Book It and Ship It

Last week I looked at the cost of perfect information. Most people over-analyze challenges and opportunities, trying to uncover the “perfect” information that they think will reveal the best choice. I’ve observed that experienced people instinctively know the right course. You just need to trust your instincts, make a decision, and then focus on the

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Planning

The Cost of Perfect Information

I’ve talked before about the importance of making timely decisions. Of course, making good decisions, timed right, is a tough challenge for every manager. But most people over-analyze opportunities, trying to uncover the “perfect” information that will guide them to making the ideal choice. People agonize for too long before making a decision and then

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Leadership

Your Partner’s Success

Last week I talked about successful collaboration. This week I’d like to share another idea about this important topic. When you are engaged in any effort that demands collaboration, you must treat your partner’s issues as paramount and do everything you can to resolve friction and help your partner succeed. You cannot build a healthy

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Leadership

Collaborate Successfully

When I review my proudest achievements both in business and in the nonprofit sector, collaboration with partners was almost always part of the success. A lot of executives talk about collaboration, but are just paying lip service to the concept. If you want to grow an organization and build significant value, you must develop the ability to

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Culture

A Values-Based Culture

The role of leadership is to build a strong organizational culture based on a nonprofit’s mission, vision, and values. An exceptional culture will attract great employees and volunteers, board members, and supportive donors who can propel your mission forward. Your nonprofit’s values are fundamental to your culture. Both staff and board must articulate and embrace

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