The basic question is this – if you want excellence, awesomeness, fantastic performance from your team/organization then what do you need? Talent & Teamwork. Both of these aspects of performance are appreciated, but I am suggesting that the way in which they complement one another is underappreciated. Some organizations tend to go the Talent route. “Let’s just hire … [Read more...] about Being Fantastic
It’s a sports cliché – because it is true, and it is true in the working world as well. Winners are the ones who get the fundamentals right. Management is complex, but here are the five fundamentals to make sure you get it right: Set Clear Expectations. It makes common sense and it is backed up by research (1). Make sure that your direct reports are perfectly clear on … [Read more...] about Five Management Fundamentals
Do you have the team you need to implement your strategy? Far too many nonprofits look at their “Salary” budget line item as static. “This is all we can afford. We need to find the best person possible for this amount of money.” This folks, is NOT being strategic. Sometimes, a strategy calls for a certain kind of talent on the team. And oft times, a certain kind of … [Read more...] about Strategy & Salary
Is your nonprofit running a Sprint or a Marathon? Beware – you might be running a Marathon as if you are running a Sprint. Here are a few questions you can answer that will tell you if your nonprofit is running a Sprint or Marathon: Is your staff compensated above the seventy-fifth percentile for their positions in comparable organizations? Do you regularly budget for and … [Read more...] about Are You a Sprint or Marathon Nonprofit?
How can you develop your natural talents to make you an even higher performer? A few blogs ago I went on and on about the idea that we can achieve exceptional personal performance by further developing our natural talents – even when we are already very good at something. People ask me – how can I do this? How do I get even better at something I am already very good … [Read more...] about Teach to Learn