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3 Essential Skills for Nonprofit Leadership (Hal Lewis) March 2020

Dr. Hal Lewis was the perfect person to illustrate three critical skills nonprofit leaders must develop. As a nonprofit executive himself, a scholar published on a variety of leadership topics, and a consultant working with leaders across the country, he was well-positioned to provide the practical advice and resources you need on your nonprofit path. In episode #26 of The Path Podcast, Hal and I discussed the ability to attract and retain top-notch ... [..] read more


3 Things Nonprofit Leaders Can Do Now March 2020

"I don't know where to start," confided a nonprofit Executive Director I was speaking with last week. Like so many of our colleagues in the charitable sector, she was trying to triage the nearly overwhelming number of issues in front of her, facing more questions than answers. We worked through her situation, and came up with a plan that has been reinforced by conversations we're having with each of our nonprofit partners. As ... [..] read more


Utilizing A Coach to Strengthen Your Nonprofit Leadership (Nancy Beard) March 2020

Nancy Beard offers great perspectives on the value of finding good mentors as well as the potential a coach can have on your personal and professional journey on Episode #25 of The Path Podcast. Her path to nonprofit leadership was shaped by early volunteer roles, both as a board member and a volunteer, and she continued to hear a calling for social justice causes that began during her childhood. We had a great conversation about ... [..] read more


New to the Nonprofit World? Here are 5 Ways to Hit the Ground Running March 2020

A career in the nonprofit sector can be highly rewarding for motivated and mission-driven individuals, but that doesn't mean it's easy. It can get pretty overwhelming trying to manage different types of advice and information, understand all of the varied roles around you, and learn new skills, especially without much support from your organization. For someone adjusting to a career change or recently entering the nonprofit sector, it can feel next to ... [..] read more


Patton's Pick from the PMA Library: "Mindset" March 2020

"Mindset: The New Psychology of Success" by Carol S. Dweck



If you're looking for book recommendations in the productivity and professional development genre, Patton offers a weekly summary of some of the essential and emerging titles from the PMA Library.

In her great book Mindset, Stanford psychologist Carol S. Dweck explains the differences between fixed and growth mindsets, and the implication of both on personal development, teaching, and parenting.

The two mindsets outlined by ... [..] read more


Patton's Pick from the PMA Library: "Never Eat Alone" March 2020

"Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship At A Time" by Keith Ferrazzi


If you're looking for book recommendations in the productivity and professional development genre, Patton offers a weekly summary of some of the essential and emerging titles from the PMA Library.

Keith Ferrazzi's "Never Eat Alone" offers practical tips on professional success through effective networking. For some, the term "networking" conjures dreaded images of awkward small talk and ... [..] read more


Leadership Development for the 3 Phases of Your Nonprofit Career (Chris Delisio) March 2020

Chris Delisio's career in higher education has led him to a leadership role in one of the largest comprehensive campaigns in the country, as the Time and Change Campaign at Ohio State targets one million donors and a fundraising goal of $4.5 billion. While justifiably proud of his current leadership position, Chris is quick to point to the resources and advice that helped him move along the path to nonprofit success. In Episode ... [..] read more


Patton's Pick from the PMA Library: "Quiet" March 2020

"Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking" by Susan Cain


While your travel and activities are likely curtailed in this coronavirus environment, take advantage of the opportunity to catch up on your reading! If you're looking for recommendations in the professional development genre, Patton will offer a weekly summary of some of the essential and emerging titles in the professional development and leadership space from the PMA Library. ... [..] read more


Driving from the Backseat: Nonprofit Leadership Lessons  (Ronnie Bryant) March 2020

The title of Ronnie Bryant's nonprofit leadership book says it all: Driving from the Backseat. It's a wonderful illustration of the skill and finesse required by nonprofit Executive Directors as they steer their organization along but allow a whole group of board members to sit in the front seat and "drive." In Episode 23 of The Path Podcast, my conversation with Ronnie was just as enjoyable as reading his book, full of insight... [..] read more


Essential Skills for Nonprofit Fundraising Success (Joanne Beam) February 2020

Like many of us, Joanne O'Brien Beam did not aspire to nonprofit leadership following her undergraduate days, but the lure of her alma mater and the skills she developed in the for-profit sector combined to make her a very successful fundraiser and a highly sought-after consultant and coach. In Episode 22 of The Path, Joanne and I had a great conversation about the wonderfully practical advice she received during her journey along ... [..] read more


3 Keys to Maximizing Your Nonprofit Leadership Opportunities (Justin Dionne) February 2020

Justin Dionne knew he had a great opportunity on his hands when he arrived at the Cain Center for the Arts. As a relatively new executive director, he also knew he needed to maximize all of his productivity and professional development resources to get this new organization off the ground as well as navigate its very aspirational campaign of $25 million to build a new performing arts center. Justin and I had a great conversation ... [..] read more


A Dozen Resources for the Nonprofit Professional (Leighton Fogan) February 2020

Leighton Fogan has not only enjoyed a successful career in the nonprofit sector, but she's also a dedicated student of professional development resources! Her career path includes hands-on experience at several nonprofits, many successful consulting engagements, and coursework through Columbia University and Duke's Nonprofit Management program. Episode #20 of The Path features our conversation on three categories of career-enhancing resources, and is a gold mine for current and aspiring nonprofit leaders. ... [..] read more


Hiring Talent and Sharpening Your Nonprofit Leadership Skills (Tiffany Capers) February 2020

Tiffany Capers did not plan to go into nonprofit leadership, and in fact, she thought her graduate degree would take her into a corporate environment. But after opportunities in government and in a community foundation, she found a calling that led to leadership in our sector. She now serves as the Executive Director of the CrossRoads Corporation, which creatively partners with the residents of the Grier Heights neighborhood in Charlotte and numerous other stakeholders to ... [..] read more


How Do You Blend For-Profit and Nonprofit Leadership Lessons? (Will Jones) February 2020

Like many in the nonprofit sector, Will Jones gained leadership experience from other arenas, including the social service and for-profit sectors. He now serves as the President and CEO of Thompson, a leading provider of clinical and prevention services for children and families across the Carolinas. In Episode 18 of The Path Podcast, Will and I dive into many topics related to the blend of best practices he's gained from his experience, and ... [..] read more


How Do You Move from Manager to Senior Leader at Your Nonprofit? (Katherine Lambert) January 2020

Katherine Lambert is passionate about professional development in the nonprofit sector and is a champion for internal candidates who can serve as senior leaders. Her advice provides great insight for other senior leaders who want to better develop their talent, but also provides many clues for those pursuing a new job in the charitable sector. On episode 17 of the Path Podcast, Katherine talks about how she allocates professional development funds in her organization, and ... [..] read more


7 Nonprofit Podcasts You Should Listen to in 2020 January 2020

Podcasts provide a great source of professional development content and are delivered in the perfect format to consume knowledge on the go. Curating effective podcast resources will help you on your path to nonprofit leadership, and quite possibly position you for your next nonprofit job!

While the rise of the podcast is a professional development opportunity for you, it's also a medium that your nonprofit will likely explore just as Don Jonas, the Executive ... [..] read more


IPL Welcomes Cohort 8 of Leadership Gift School January 2020

The Institute of Philanthropic Leadership welcomed nine nonprofits to its 8th Cohort of Leadership Gift School beginning this Spring, hosted by the Foundation For The Carolinas. These outstanding organizations join 165 nonprofit leaders from 76 nonprofits that have graduated from this highly acclaimed program.
Anuvia. Valerie Kopetzky, CEO; Abigail Lord-Ramsey, Director of Fund Development

Arts & Science Council. Jeep Bryant, President & CEO; Robert Touchstone, Director of Development

Augustine Literacy Project. Alison Houser, Executive ... [..] read more


4 Writing Practices for Nonprofit Success (Clay Hodges) January 2020

The concept of writing might not be an activity that brings back pleasant memories (late-night term papers anyone?), but as attorney Clay Hodges illustrates, it is a powerful tool to activate in your productivity toolbox. In episode 16 of the Path, Clay and I explore four different writing rituals and routines that can help you build skills for professional development and more effective communication. How can you utilize journaling to monitor personal and professional ... [..] read more


Personal Branding for the Nonprofit Professional (Yvonne Levine) January 2020

What is Personal Branding, and why is it important for you as a nonprofit professional? That's exactly what Yvonne Levine and I discussed in episode #15 of the Path. Yvonne's great coaching and consulting experience with different organizations - and their senior leaders - provides many useful take-aways for current and aspiring nonprofit leaders who want to engage in genuine activities to build their positive brand. Among other things, we talk about when to ... [..] read more


Finding Your Nonprofit Leadership Shadow (Will Sparks) January 2020


What is your leadership shadow, and why should you worry about it? That's exactly what Dr. Will Sparks and I discuss in episode #14 of the Path. He's spent 20 years researching the characteristics of great leaders, and also the "shadow" side of their leadership styles which often hold them back in ways they're not even aware. Will and I explore the practical aspects of his studies, and how nonprofit leaders can ... [..] read more


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