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Feb 13th


INROADS names Michael T. Holmes COO

INROADS names Michael T. Holmes COOINROADS, Inc., the nation's largest non-profit source of salaried corporate internships, has appointed Michael T. Holmes as its new Chief Operating Officer (COO).

Grieving, depression affect work performance

Grieving, depression affect work performanceWe almost had to let him go. Steve was forgetting everything. He forgot to check messages and forgot to return calls. He read emails and didn’t respond. When asked about work that should have been completed, Steve just shrugged and gave us a deer-in-the-headlights, what-am-I-doing-here kind of stare. He was confused and the rest of the team was frustrated. A co-worker complained, “It’s like the day his mother died, Steve checked out.” Aha. Steve was grieving.

No substitute for commitment: Part one of a two part series

No substitute for commitment: Part one of a two part seriesSuccessful fundraising for a nonprofit requires the full commitment of board members, the executive director, staff, and volunteer leadership. Without this commitment, it is very difficult to meet fundraising goals. People may say they are committed and that is good. What is more important is the extent to which people embody that commitment. 

Starting a business? Know what you need to know

Starting a business? Know what you need to knowFor fun, education and breakfast, once a month a group of twenty or so hopeful souls meets to discuss their plans to start new businesses. The conversations are fascinating and I am alternately awed and perplexed by the amount of time and money people put into getting things started in Minnesota. Their exchanges cover ideas useful to anyone launching a new venture.

Hats off to the job fair!

For those who left last week's job fair with a new position, congratulations! For those who did not, my friends who represent companies across the Twin Cities have asked me to pass along some tips that will help you work your way through the next job fair more successfully.

FUNdraising Good Times: Mission, vision and plan

FUNdraising Good Times: Mission, vision and planSuccessful fundraising begins long before a fundraising plan is ever created. It starts with your organization's vision and mission. These two items are at the core of non-profit operations. It is the vision and mission that drive your strategic direction and goals. And it is the strategic direction that influences fundraising and the use of funds.

Cub Foods: Fueling social and economic well-being

Cub Foods: Fueling social and economic well-beingWest Broadway Cub Foods' involvement in the North Minneapolis community cannot be overstated. Since filling the vacancy left by Target in 2005, Cub Foods has been not only a grocery store run for and by the people it serves, but has also been instrumental in the community's social and economic wellbeing. Over 80 percent of its 120 person workforce hail from the Northside, creating a vibrant and communal workforce that is beneficial to both patrons and employees.
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