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The Way Ahead Task Force

That’s a concept from one of my favorite (if sometimes crassly scripted) British comedies, W1A. An affectionate but satirical look at the BBC which it turns out is like any other bloated government endeavor – ever seeking to justify its budget and to some degree immune from practical, ground-level influence. The Way Ahead Task Force […]

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When God Says ‘Pivot’

We’re all familiar with the Apostle Paul’s intent to travel to Asia. But God stopped him and sent him instead to Macedonia. Acts 16:6-10 tells the familiar story of the Macedonian Vision. Immediately when Paul received the vision of the man calling for his help to come to Macedonia, Paul responded and prepared to shift […]

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How to Know if you’re Using the Right Tools: Map or Compass?

In the world of non-profit development, how do you know if you’re using the right tools to get to your destination the fastest? A map shows us the shortest distance between where we are and our destination. The route is on roads, streets, or highways that someone else has built. We simply travel along the […]

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4 Principles from Learning in Community

The current reality of social distancing due to the Coronavirus has helped us see the value of learning in community.   We know by now that online meetings don’t have the same “feeling” as grabbing a coffee with an associate at the nearby coffee shop.  While you may have dressed up your home office setting, it’s not the same […]

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Powerful Planning: Your Next Plan

Powerful Planning for Development Part 3: Your Next Plan So, you made a mission-centric plan, and are in the process of executing. Great! But you can’t stop there, or your plan is nothing more than an “event.” Your well-informed and executed plan is: A kick-off to a new way of life Greater performance Stronger donor relationships […]

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Powerful Planning: When the Unexpected Derails our Plans

Powerful Planning for Development Part 3: When the Unexpected Derails our Plans The irony of having written a series of articles on “planning” to be released during this time of seismic change is not lost on me. We are living through something unprecedented. Something that can’t be planned for, and something that has the power […]

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Powerful Planning: Where are you Now?

Powerful Planning for Development Part 2: Where are you Now? In the first article of the Powerful Planning Series Where are you Going?’ article, we talked about the central importance of knowing why you want to go where you want to go. Where you want to go is simply where you need to be to […]

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Successful Foundation Strategy Considerations *Downloadable Checklist Inside*

We’re halfway through first quarter. How are your New Year’s Resolutions coming along? You know, way back in January when the idea of creating a successful Foundation Strategy sounded like a great idea. Well, you’re right. A Foundation Strategy IS a great idea, but it’s doomed to fail without preparation. Four Key Indicators in a […]

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Do you have “Joy in the Journey?”

On my wall hangs an art piece created by a time-tested technique by Vietnamese craftsmen. It consists of crushed eggshells, painted and glued in place. Mine depicts an elaborate scene showing a dock stretching into a placid, calm river. Up the hill from the dock is a traditional hut on a restful location, and two […]

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