Strengthsfinder is a personality-test-slash-life-management-tool that focuses on playing from strengths, rather than training hard in areas where a person is not truly wired to succeed. Someone who competes in Olympic curling, for example, might also enjoy a game of ice hockey with friends, but winning a gold in both sports is pretty unlikely. People who want to take home a medal in anything know they need to focus their time and efforts developing talents they already possess.
"My Brother's Keeper" from a single father and business owner's perspective
Thursday, 27 March 2014 12:17
I must admit, being a single father of two Black boys isn't easy, especially since my wife passed away 12 years ago. From breaking up fights, to discussing college and career choices, I've learned that being a good father means more than just "being there."
FUNdraising Good Times: Comprehensive campaigns: Where is the money?
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 15:06
Mel and Pearl Shaw
Part two of a two part series
We were taken aback when, in casual conversation, an acquaintance blurted out, "comprehensive campaigns are nothing but a con game." We listened as he shared his experience of institutions that report campaign success but don't have the money needed to implement projects laid out as campaign priorities.
Cat's Away: This manager might need to hire a babysitter
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 14:50
Who Works when the Boss is at the Beach? Everyone except the boss, right? They should, anyway. But sometimes, it does not work out the way the manager hopes. Sometimes, in smaller companies or in standalone departments, people forget that even while the boss is away, everyone else has a paycheck - and possibly vacation days of their own - to earn.
FUNdraising Good Times: Comprehensive campaign pursues multiple goals
Thursday, 13 March 2014 12:51
Mel and Pearl Shaw
Part one of a two part series
Do you need to raise money for your nonprofit? If you answer "yes", you are in good company. Fundraising is critical for most nonprofits and it takes time to build relationships that generate the revenue needed to operate. Organizing your fundraising into a campaign with specific financial goals and timelines is one way to focus on revenue and invite others to join you in fundraising.
"It was a dark and stormy night." Many stories start out with a line like that. Unoriginal, and, if you choose to read on, you might hope for a more interesting, satisfying ending. I thought of the line while driving across Wisconsin for a kids' dance competition. We started the road trip on a bright and cloudless afternoon. A stop at Target slowed us down, as did a midday traffic jam downtown. Snow, ice and a closed highway loomed ahead and pretty soon our bright and clear day had become a dangerously snowstormy night. We wrapped up the four hour drive... eight hours later. Relieved, I texted a friend to say, "Made it."