Listening with Enthusiasm

“Enthusiasm means there is a deep enjoyment in what you do plus the added element of a goal or vision that you work toward.” -From “A New Earth” by Eckhart Tolle Do you ever attend networking events, business gatherings or one-one lunches where you feel like other people are simply… Read More

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Beyond the New Year’s Resolution

According to US News & World Report, 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by February. Forbes reports just 8% achieve their resolutions. Those aren’t great odds! So why do so many of us set New Year’s resolutions, year after year, when so few of us reach them? As… Read More

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Backcountry Leadership

I recently completed a 3-day solo backpacking adventure in one of my favorite Colorado wildernesses, which provided plenty of free head-space to reflect on a variety of subjects (especially with the fleeting nature of high-altitude bivvy-sack ‘sleep’…). I try to get in 3-4 solo trips each year and am always… Read More

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Using a Human-Centered Design Approach to Better Meet Your Target Populations

In recent years, many nonprofits have started to become more introspective about whether or not they are truly meeting the needs of the populations they are trying to serve. Many have become interested in involving clients and consumers in the process of designing solutions, and shifting to a mindset that… Read More

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What’s a Facebook Block List? You May Want One.

If you run ads through Facebook Ads Manager, you may not realize that opting into the Audience Network means that your ads could be running on sites that aren’t in line with your brand’s values—eg. Breitbart. The simplest fix is to opt out of third-party sites by selecting… Read More

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Work-Life Integration v. Work-Life Balance: Are We Missing the Point?

There has been a lot written in recent years about Work-Life Balance v. Work-Life Integration. The words “balance” and “integration” have been dissected to the point that they simultaneously feel like synonyms and antonyms. What is it, though, that we are really trying to get at? The concept of Work-Life… Read More

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Leveraging Emotional Intelligence when Handling Conflict

Recently, I was asked to prepare and deliver a training on conflict management for an organization. As I started to consider different options for presenting meaningful information, I consistently returned to the basic tenets of emotional intelligence. The term “emotional intelligence” has become a buzzword in today’s organizations, but few… Read More

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Embracing the Power of PowerPoint

I hold a pretty controversial business view: I love Microsoft PowerPoint and believe it has the potential to convert skeptics into believers. A solid design, the right balance of confident storytelling and on-screen text, and thoughtful video or graphics can make my heart flutter. I understand, though, why there are… Read More

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Seeing Obstacles

For some people, riding a bike is merely about transportation. Not for me. Aside from the exercise that cycling provides, I often have my most compelling insights while in the saddle. At times, riding becomes a metaphor for life.

One path that I ride frequently travels east from downtown Denver toward the Cherry Creek Reservoir. A few miles into the ride, I pass under a roadway, execute a full 360-degree turn, and confront my nemesis: a 3-foot pole in the middle of the path; it’s there to prevent cars and other motorized vehicles from driving onto the trail. Read More

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Creating an Affordable Social Media Program

Now more than ever, donors expect nonprofits to be transparent, impactful, and relatable on a human level. Changes in   our society’s day-to-day habits have prepared supporters to make quick, visual, and emotional connections with your organization. The question is – Do you have a clearly defined social media strategy and are you posting relevant content, consistently? For nonprofits that rely heavily on donors to give for emotional reasons, this is even more critical. For those of you saying “we just don’t have the resources”, we want to suggest a new approach. Read More

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