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I don’t sing well.This isn’t any form of humility; it is an objective fact supported by decades of people cringing or shuddering when I let loose with my best efforts.. It has gotten somewhat better over the years but I can still vividly remember leading a campfire sing along as a teenager and being laughed at by the whole circle for how far off key I was. That kind of humiliation sticks with you.I don’t get invited to sing these days, but I do a lot of other public communication.SEE DETAILS

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Leadership

Do you remember Trivial Pursuit?Family night in the 1980’s frequently involved moving our coloured “pies” around the board answering general knowledge and pop culture questions to earn what my dad always called “wedgies”. At our house winning Trivial Pursuit was worth major bragging rights.The game was so popular that there were stories of people memorizing thousands of answers from the boxes full of cards. Those cards were ultimate authority, even when we sometimes disputed their accuracy.I haven’t heard of anyone playing Trivial Pursuit in years but my kids have becomeSEE DETAILS

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I’ve recently talked to two charity leaders I respect about their organizations entering their “3.0” phase.People much more studied than myself can offer a fuller exploration of the stages of development organizations experience, and whether they differ in the charitable sector. What I’m pondering is how leaders approach organizational culture in each of the common (oversimplified) stages.Organization 1.0 The Start UpMost often driven by a charismatic founder, start up charities are typically working on the frontlines of an issue or community. They are tactical, adaptable, and highly committed. Staff andSEE DETAILS </s...

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Every leader, heck, every person, needs to handle the stress of life effectively. That takes many different forms of course.I would risk arguing that charity leaders have a greater need to care well for themselves. Admittedly, these are the people I work with, coach, and support on a daily basis; but I think the fact that these people are giving themselves to address the urgent and deep needs of society that all too often slip through the cracks makes them more vulnerable to burn out.A generation ago overwork was oftenSEE DETAILS

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Leadership, Resources

One of the most frequent challenges the leaders I help deal with is how to manage their workload and their team. Often the answer to both issues is getting better at delegating; which is much easier said than done.Like you, I’ve been well versed in the typical delegating strategies and ideals:-If someone can do it 80% as well as you can they should be doing it-Focus your energy on the few things that only you can do-More time is saved by training someone to do the task than by continuingSEE DETAILS

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