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Archive 2016

​What Good Managers Know

A 2015 Gallup study showed that a shocking 67% of employees were either “not engaged” or “actively disengaged” at work. This is a very concerning statistic as engagement encompasses ideals such as “having the opportunity to do what they do best each day,” being encouraged by a leader, and the belief that opinions matter. And those factors have a direct impact on important measures of success like productivity and profitability. So, how do successful managers encourage engagement?

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Board Storytelling Tips

Board members make decisions to be part of a nonprofit’s leadership because they believe in the organization and want to use their skills to make a difference. But can they communicate this commitment in a way that brings other donors and supporters along on the journey?

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​Lessons from the World of Politics

It might be hard to imagine what kinds of lessons the nonprofit world could learn from the political one. Yet, Tarsha Whitaker Calloway from NonProfit Pro identified six specific connections to consider.

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The Slippery Slope of Perfection

No one is perfect. No program is perfect. No organization is perfect. And that’s okay. Here are some tips on how to accept – and learn from – mistakes.

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