Linking Things Up: Put up or shut up edition

Mar 20, 2013 by

Y’all know I love a good rant and that I also love a call to action that seeks to push people beyond their boundaries and get them thinking in different ways about the work they’ve always done. That’s why I picked each of these posts. Enjoy!

  • Overcoming the Limits of Nonprofit Advocacy on Budget and Tax Issues by Patrick Lester on The Nonprofit Quarterly’s bloglinks – For most of my career, I’ve worked on advocacy efforts; but I’ve seen many nonprofits that will not take a stand either because they’re afraid of offending people or they think they can’t. Patrick Lester calls out some major nonprofits for their short-sighted approach to advocacy and notes that not only are many of our organizations largely funded by government grants/programs, but that the budget fights on Capitol Hill we hear so much about have direct impacts on the clients we serve.
  • Career Resilience: The Four Patterns that Should Guide All Your Career Moves by Michele Martin on the Bamboo Project Blog – Michele always offers insightful posts and this one is no different. She writes about a job market that no longer keeps us held to one company, job or even job role for very long and gently but firmly encourages us start practicing the art of being resilient and bouncing back. This post is for everyone, whether you’re secure in your career or not.
  • Stop Asking and Start Listening by Thaler Pekar on the SSIR Blog – Thaler admits in this post that she doesn’t have a lot of faith in the power of listening exercises. But a unique situation shows her that even the act of asking questions during a conversation can sometimes mean you aren’t listening. And without listening, there can be very little understanding.
  • People are depending on your leadership. So show up. by Allison Jones on her blog – The title says it all. No matter how tired, scared, irritated or shy you are, people are still depending on you to show up and lead. Read the full post for Allison’s great suggestions on how you can push yourself to lead (even when you don’t want to).
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Linking things up – Holiday edition!

Dec 10, 2012 by

Somehow, it’s December. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, since this has been the fastest year of my life. But somehow, here we are.

And, I’ve been slacking on the blog lately. Our new house is taking up an incredible amount of time and effort – but the ‘end’, at least in terms of unpacking, arranging, buying new furniture, re-arranging, etc. – is in sight! By the end of the year, we’re looking forward to really settling into the home and finally enjoying it, rather than viewing it as a source of work and occasionally, frustration.

I wanted to share some links for great posts from other blogs that I’ve been keeping up in my (limited) free time. Enjoy and stay tuned – I’ve got a lot in store for 2013!

  • Millennials Are Here: 5 Facts Nonprofits and Businesses Need to Know by Colleen Dilenschneider at Know Your Own Bone – As usual, Colleen has taken hard data and provided a clear, thoughtful analysis that even non-data nerds (like myself) can appreciate. In this post, she points out what should be obvious to us all, but apparently isn’t – millennials are the largest generation in history, they are already having a huge amount of influence over pop, intellectual and consumer culture and nonprofits ignore them at their own peril. If you work at a nonprofit, are a data nerd or just appreciate incisive writing, get over there now.
  • 4 Mistakes Employers Are Sure To Notice by Heather Huhman at Glassdoor Blog – Glassdoor’s posts are always concise, to the point and provide great advice for you job-seekers out there. This post is no different. Heather breaks down four mistakes that you need to avoid if you actually want to hired. Take it from Heather Huhman, an experienced hiring manager: you don’t want to get noticed for all the wrong reasons.
  • Foundations Must Get Serious About Multi-Year Grantmaking by Niki Jagpal & Kevin Laskowski at the Stanford Social Innovation Review – I don’t talk about fundraising or foundations much in this space, but it’s something that every nonprofit professional must pay attention to. In this excellent piece, Jagpal and Laskowski highlight the decline in multi-year grantmaking by foundations to nonprofits and the devastating effects it is having and will continue to have in the future. Without a consistent source of funding, nonprofits will continually struggle to make ends meet and will not be able to focus on the mission-based work that the foundations supposedly support. And on a more personal level, any nonprofit professional’s job could be on the line because of that lack of support.
  • Worst-case scenarios. You gotta love ‘em. by Danielle LaPorte on her blog – This elegantly simple post comes pretty close to summing up my philosophy to career risks. To wit: what’s the worst that could happen?
  • What You Pay in Time by Philip Brewer at Wisebread – This post kind of blew my mind. Wisebread’s tagline is “living large on a small budget” and they share all kind of posts about how to value your time, money and stuff appropriately – and how avoid over-valuing the same. This post breaks down, in fairly stark terms, one method of determining what you’re giving up and what you’re getting when you make different choices – in this case, in terms of time. While the focus is framed around time and money in general, it made me think specifically about my career and the growth of my business. How much time am I spending just trying to earn money…in order to spend more time making money. Read it – maybe it will blow you mind too.
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On hiatus

Oct 13, 2011 by

As you may have seen from my Twitter feed, I’m officially on vacation – and out of the country – for the next couple of weeks. I won’t be posting while I’m away, but you can keep yourself entertained by reading some of my popular older posts. Enjoy and I’ll ‘see’ you when I get back!

  • The most important part of career success – I think planning is one of the most important elements – if not THE most important element – in success. Read more.
  • Three steps to start (or improve) a relationship with anyone – Whether you’re looking for a job, trying to keep your job, networking, making friends, moving to a new place, meeting your in-laws or anything in between, you need to have and grow good relationships. After years of doing this professionally and personally, I’ve boiled the science of relationship maintenance down to three steps for you. Read more.
  • Stop giving crappy presentations – I’m completely fed up with having to sit through horrible presentations that offer little to no value and are usually boring to boot. I just don’t understand! Conferences have been around for decades: how is it that people can not figure out how to give a decent presentation that imparts knowledge or provides a call to action (or both)??? Read more.
  • It’s so hard to say goodbye – I was once an irrepressible idealist. (Hell, maybe I still am.) And I once devoted my life, in a fairly literal sense, to an issue that I cared about more than almost anything in the world. For three years and in two organizations I worked very long hours for very little pay. I was sick a lot of the time because I was exhausted, stressed out and living unhealthily. But for a while, I loved it. Read more.
  • Ladies: stop committing professional suicide – One of my more controversial posts, but at least you’ll know my answer to the question “Are you changing your name after you get married?”
Flickr photo courtesy of user Kenzoka
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Linking things up – September edition

Sep 13, 2011 by

Every couple of months, I like to pull together a list of some of the best blog posts, opinion pieces and otherwise cool stuff I find on the interwebs and share it with you. Here’s September’s edition: Enjoy!

  • The New Abnormal from the Stanford Social Innovation ReviewThis excellent, passionate post by David La Piana explores the increasingly grim outlook for nonprofits and the people they serve. To whit: “Nonprofits are caught in this downward spiral of ideological extremism and cynical self-interest. The people they serve need more help than ever, but society provides less and less support to meet those needs.” It may not be pretty, but its so very important that each of us understand the bigger societal issues at play right now.
  • A Twist on Guy Kawasaki’s Advice: How to be an Enchanting Employee from A Journeyful LifeThis great post by Nikita Mitchell offers 10 quick tips on how to be a great employee in an easy-to-digest format. By the way, if you haven’t yet subscribed to Nikita’s blog, you should go do that. Now.
  • 6 Tips for Acing a Phone Interview from the Blog – I like this blog because they provide a lot of very practical career advice. This post is no different. Phone interviews can be awkward and difficult and these tips are really helpful to help get you through them.
  • The 3 Worst “Best” Tools for Moving the Nonprofit Sector Forward from Know Your Own Bone – As usual, Colleen Dilenschneider has put together a great – and wonderfully snarky! – post that all nonprofiteers can learn from.
  • Don’t Let Conventional Measurement Wisdom Fragment Your Impact from the Stanford Social Innovation Review – The SSIR always has great articles and think pieces (which is why I featured them twice in this edition of “Linking Things Up”) and this one is no exception. In this piece, Matthew Forti cautions us about missing the forest for the trees when it comes to evaluation and nonprofit metrics.
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Linking things up – June edition

Jun 1, 2011 by

I’ve got all kinds of great links to share with you, thanks largely to my fellow Nonprofit Millennial Bloggers. Enjoy!

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