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Going Down the Rabbit Hole

Have you ever been in an awkward meeting? I've attended my share, and probably have been responsible for more than a few, too. I've noticed that one thing that separates useful meetings from awkward meetings is a willingness to go down the rabbit hole.

Let me explain.

Topics: Leadership Strategy

Days in the Sun

It's December 1991. I realize that some of you reading this haven't been born yet (ack). I was just getting home from winter break from the University of Rochester. Rochester had a very late break, usually around December 23rd or so until late January. Most of my high school friends were on the opposite schedule and left back for school right after the holidays. My sister had long since graduated and moved to London. So winter breaks at that time of my life meant a lot of alone time and a lot of time with my parents. Which, because of how my dad worked, meant time with my mom.

Topics: Inspiration

Stop the Pep Talk

Sometimes people don’t want the pep talk. They just want to be heard. They want to be allowed to exist in the space they're residing in, without the input or opinion of others.

It’s a tough lesson — one that requires daily practice, especially for those of us wired to help, uplift, and encourage. It’s particularly important for those of us embodying roles of consultant, coach, and confidant. 

Topics: Inspiration Leadership

10 Healthy Steps to Boost Your Wellbeing

In the change-making, social good space, our own wellbeing is often the last bullet point on our list of priorities. It's all too easy for healthy eating, exercise, and self-care to fall to the wayside when you are busy caring for the world. Many smart, busy people get stuck in the mindset trap of believing that self-care is selfish or a luxury, but learning to prioritize yourself and to claim time for your goals is critical for long term success. With that in mind, here are 10 healthy things you can do everyday to boost your wellbeing.

Topics: Wellbeing

3 Questions Your P2P Engagement Strategy Is Missing

It's Spring, which means the snow has melted, the birds are chirping, the flower buds are peeking out in bloom, and Dance Marathon season has officially commenced. As soon as I flipped my calendar to March, my Instagram and Twitter feeds were flooded with photos of college students dressed in luminescent colors and fanny-packs, caught in the camera's flash mid-dance move.

While these events themselves are usually 24 hours of consecutive dancing, many more hours go into a participant's preparation for the event. Take, for example, Dance Blue, University of Kentucky's 24-hour dance marathon. Marathon rules require that each participant fundraises a certain dollar amount beforehand and then dances for the entire 24 hours. Outside of the marathon itself, participants are encouraged to join one of eight planning committees and attend "mini-marathons" that are put on throughout the year leading up to the main event.

To some, that transaction – a year-long fundraising venture, countless nights spent planning, and 24 uninterrupted hours of dancing – seems laughable, but for many UK college students, it’s the formula for a fantastic weekend.

Topics: Funding Community

The Complete Guide to Leveraging P2P Networks

In the past, peer-to-peer fundraising has been associated with personal, low-impact crowdfunding campaigns — think Kickstarter or GoFundMe. However, peer-to-peer fundraising has been a powerful tool in the professional fundraiser’s toolbox for years. Whether it's linked to a large, stand-alone event like a 5K, or it's a year-round campaign, peer-to-peer is all about involving supporters to fundraise on your organization's behalf. 

Topics: Funding

Hacking Leadership: 3 Tips to Lead Effectively

If ever there was a year that exposed the need for leadership development, 2016 was it. Time and time again, we saw that the "What's in it for me?" attitude was no longer cutting it. Organizations want more — the commonly held hero leadership model built around power, deadlines, quotas, and elite perspective is now being openly questioned. In a populated and closely connected world, this kind of strategy is unsustainable and perhaps even destabilizing. The community has spoken: we want proactive, prudent strategy grounded in authentic, honest leadership.

So why is good leadership so necessary to an organization's success?

Topics: Leadership