5 Things You Need (and Don’t Need) to Improve Workplace Diversity

In their article, “Why Diversity Programs Fail,” sociology professors Frank Dobbin of Harvard University and Alexandra Kalev of Tel Aviv University, suggest that programs aimed at forcing leaders to change their behaviors may actually “activate” bias, rather than reduce it. Read More …

Leadership Transitions: The Importance of Clarifying Goals and Supporting Change

DRG president David Edell with activist and fundraiser Dan Pallotta at the Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership on Nov. 20, 2016 in Chicago, IL. Photo courtesy of Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership. Photo by Dan Rest. Read More …

Want to Build a Diverse Leadership Team? Start By Asking These 3 Key Questions

  If you are like most nonprofit leaders, you recognize the value of recruiting and retaining a diverse team for the success of your organization. You may have worked on strategic plans that integrate diversity as a key pillar aimed Read More …

Is It Time for Your CEO to Step Down?

  The increasingly complex nonprofit environment makes run-of-the-mill leadership a risk to any organization that is interested in taking their mission to the next level. Nonprofits that are going through a transition need exceptional, progressive, enthusiastic leaders who can not Read More …

The Hard Skills That Got You Here Won’t Get You There

When boards are considering the skills that they need in their next leader, most of the time, the hard skills are the focus of the first set of interviews. Can the candidate raise money for the organization? Do they have Read More …

What Are You Doing to Get to Know Your Organization Better?

    Every organization has its own unique set of challenges that may warrant new ways of thinking. Sometimes new hires feel pressured to hit the ground running the moment they enter the organization’s doors- but if they’re too hasty, Read More …

Beyond Diversity: 7 Practical Steps to Successfully Recruit and Onboard A New Board Member

  When the CEO and board chair of a reproductive health care organization approached me for board membership, I was interested in learning how I could contribute. Like many nonprofits, they were struggling to recruit and reflect the diversity of Read More …

Moving From Dissonance to Harmony: Managing Conflict on the Board

Power struggles, miscommunication, and differences of opinion are bound to show up on any nonprofit board and can intensify when an organization is undergoing an executive transition. When conflict arises, one’s first instinct might be to avoid it, but conflict Read More …

The 4 Mindsets Your Nonprofit Needs to Lead Change In the New Year

Change is necessary for any nonprofit to sustain itself. As the challenges facing the nonprofit sector become more complex, however, organizations must manage multiple changes at once. “The world we live in is not the world we used to live Read More …

Developing a Culture of Connection at Your Nonprofit

How would you describe the organizational culture at your nonprofit? In his new book, Connection Culture: The Competitive Advantage of Shared Identity, Empathy, and Understanding at Work, Michael Lee Stallard says that many organizations aren’t reaching their full potential because Read More …