Aliza Sherman and I never dreamed that our book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout, would be such a needed resource in the nonprofit field when we started writing it last year. Working in the nonprofit sector has become even more stressful in the last few months and we will all need to strengthen our individual and organizational resilience so we can serve our stakeholders without burning out or going crazy. Starting next week, we’ll be visiting a few cities on … [Read more...] about The Happy Healthy Nonprofit Book Tour: You Are Invited To Join Us
Archives for January 2017
Yesterday, I spent a day facilitating leadership workshops for arts leaders attending the Art House Convergence Conference near Park City, Utah. on personal and organizational resilience based on the ideas in my new book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit. As a long-time trainer, professor, and teacher, I feel strongly that interactive learning activities - going beyond the death by Powerpoint Lecture - is the key to retention and application for participants. Your room set up can support your … [Read more...] about Trainer's Tip: Your Room Set Up Can Make or Break the Learning Experience
This year, I was really looking forward to taking a holiday break and not feel stressed about deadlines, tasks, or the never ending parade of meeting requests and emails. I'm overwhelmed getting back into the daily grind, how about you? Last week, Aliza Sherman and I published a guest post, "Three Techniques To Avoid Getting Overwhelmed in 2017" on Nancy Schwartz's Getting Attention Blog, based on some ideas in our book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout. … [Read more...] about A Few More Tips for Nonprofit Professionals To Avoid Getting Overwhelmed
I’ve been enjoying The Cooper Review, the satirical blog of Sarah Cooper that features weekly original articles, videos and cartoons on workplace humor. I happened to catch the above cartoon from a recent medium post called “9 Cartoons To Help You Avoid Any Work.” It really spoke to me about our culture of overwork, especially in the nonprofit sector. The header to this cartoon in the article is “Be Realistic About Your Productivity Goals.” And, of course, we have all experienced … [Read more...] about One Simple Tip To Increase Your Productivity at Your Nonprofit Job
I declared that resilience was one of my themes for the new year. And, in writing a guest post about it over at the Packard Foundation's Organizational Effective Blog, I shared the story of the boiling frog. If a frog is dropped into cold water in a sauce pan and brought to a boil slowly, it will not perceive the danger and will be cooked to death. It is a metaphor for the inability or unwillingness of people to react to or be aware of threats that arise gradually. Burnout is like boiling … [Read more...] about What Does Resiliency Really Mean for Nonprofit Leaders and Their Organizations?