Are you a leader?
If I did an official poll I’m willing to bet that a large number of people would say that they’re not a leader.
But let’s explore that a little deeper. John Maxwell talks about leadership being influence and influence being leadership. So if you think in terms of influence and who you influence, perhaps you’ll come to a different decision.
We all have the opportunity to influence people: in the line at the grocery store, with friends, at work. Whether we hold an official title or not, we all have the capacity to influence (and lead).
I recently ‘mapped’ my leadership journey and realized that I started influencing people at a very young age. At about seven years old I was doing magic shows at camp in front of 60 or so people (it felt like hundreds at the time!). It was such a joy to see smiles on the faces of campers. Some in wheelchairs, some with crutches. I wish there were pictures of that! anyway, I digress…
Back to the topic at hand. If we all lead (or influence), shouldn’t we try to do it in the best way we possibly can? For that reason, I’ve added a section to this roundup. In the leadership section I’ll be including articles that will help us develop as leaders. If there’s one thing I’ve learned on my journey it’s that there’s always something new to learn!
Hope you enjoy this ‘new’ roundup!
Nonprofit News Roundup
While there are no perfect leaders, here are ten qualities these writers see time and again in leaders of healthy teams, businesses, and churches. They invite feedback, develop people, create consistent processes, use values-based decision making…
How to Use Intrinsic Motivation to Improve Employee Performance | HubSpot
Most people think that the key to employee motivation is giving performance-based raises. People will work harder for an uptick in their monthly paycheck. But this common motivation tactic doesn’t actually do much… One analysis cited found that incentives targeting extrinsic motivations actually had a negative impact on employees’ intrinsic motivation — and this was particularly true where job tasks are interesting rather than boring. More money does not equal more motivation… So here are a few simple ways…
The Plight of the Overworked Nonprofit Employee | The Atlantic
Over 290,000 comments were posted to Regulations.gov, many of them from nonprofits taking issue with the (new overtime) rule. These responses expose a gap between the values that many nonprofits hold and the way they treat their own staffs. There’s no doubt that nonprofits today face serious financial difficulties and constraints, but do they have no choice but to demand long, unpaid hours of their employees? (Is this) limiting their effectiveness?
“…it’s the notes and follow-up that can have a significant impact on your team’s effectiveness. Easy to follow information that makes it effortless to find relevant information produces the best results. …if people aren’t doing what I want them to do, (think about making) it a habit to take a look at how” your communications are delivered. “Were there too many long paragraphs? Too many pages…”
So if you agree that prospect research is important, what should you be looking for when conducting your research? Luckily, DonorSearch has provided the essence of this answer through their own research and experience. By analyzing information from over 400 non-profits covering 2 million individuals who gave over $5 billion, they’ve identified the top five markers that best predict future philanthropy.
We need to stop being so bashful about funding the marketing and fundraising efforts needed to make the public aware of our work. We need to lean in to these conversations — and to not be reticent when a donor asks about awareness, fundraising, or marketing. What might that sound like? Here are a couple of discussion points…
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