04
JAN
2016

Time Well Spent: Reflections from 2015

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Time, Hour S, Passage Of Time, Watch Movements, Analog

December 2015 was a great time to rest, reflect and prepare. The resting was much needed after a year of transitioning from a full time job back into my consulting business full time. I’ve been going at a fast past since then. When talking with friends and colleagues, we often say, “Get some rest.” But what does that rest look like? For some it may be taking a long weekend away from the familiar. For others it may be sleeping, for others it may be taking a mental break by working on a favorite hobby. For me, it means leaving town to take in new sights. I didn’t realize how mentally tired I was until I took this time off. One of my goals for 2016 is to incorporate times of rest more frequently.
December 2015 was a great time to reflect on the year. I thought about the accomplishments I had achieved. I also looked at the things that I didn’t accomplish and assessed why they were not accomplished. It was a great year for implementing new programs, training new people and helping new organizations get established. It was not so great while I recovered from a car accident, healed from a pulled muscle and accepted relationships, both personal and professional, that had ended. When taking the sum of all of these events, I see a year filled with growth, defined focus and renewed energy to move forward.
December also gave me time to prepare for 2016. In that preparation time, I have gained new momentum to create more, get involved more and simply BE more. I participated in my first visioning session in December. It was so exhilarating! I found so many pictures and phrases that spoke to me. I ended up with three vision boards. Phrases like, ‘I’m doing exactly what I love and I feel blessed; Go Intense, Be Informed, The Champion’s Mind, and Finding Balance’, all spoke to me. I carry my boards with me on my phone so I can be reminded of who I am and where I’m going.
The rest and reflections have given me time to focus on new and current projects. I’m excited about a new project called, “Be IN The Know” – This is a platform that will be used to share information and resources with the community through a radio program and seminars. There are lots of resources and information available to us and sometimes we are just not aware. This platform will help connect people with the resources.
The other area that I will work in more is Grant Development and Fundraising. In my work with community and faith-based organizations I’ve discovered that there are many great ideas and lots of needs to meet. Organizations need funds to bring the ideas to life and implement programs. My goal is to help them meet needs by having available resources and funding.
Trainings, consultations, and networking will continue. I’m excited about all of these plans, but I know that none of them will be accomplished if I am not physically and mentally fit. My journey to better health has begun with healthier eating habits, more exercise and more mental breaks. Yes, time was well spent in December, but 2016 is here and it is time to get moving. Join me on the journey!

27
MAY
2014

Tiger Woods Uses a Coach, Why Not You?

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Are you one of the elite performers who recognize the exponential value of leveraging outside advisors? Whether we’re talking about your golf swing or your business acumen, the question is whether you recognize the value in seeking out best practices from best practitioners.

Outside advisors can help us elevate what we do and the efficiency or effectiveness in how we do it for maximum results. I’ve been around gyms for most of my adult life, but I still engage a personal trainer, and a physical therapist (also known as pain and torture specialists!) who are not only knowledgeable about the equipment I should use to maximize my results, given my limitations (availability, physiology, lifestyle), but also provide accountability, consistency, and definitive progress.

Read the entire article.

01
APR
2014

How Philanthropists And Investors Can Work Together To Create Social Change

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Scaling up innovation is rarely as simple as investing in a company. The best social innovations aren’t companies – rather they are social movements, coalitions co-created by businesses, social sector organizations and governments working together.

But how do you fund and scale up a movement?

The remarkable story of Aravind Eye Hospitals offers some insights. Aravind is a chain of eye hospitals founded in India that pioneered a new way of delivering ultra-low cost cataract surgery for the rural poor.

Read the entire article at www.forbes.com.

01
APR
2014

Preparing a Highly – Skilled Workforce Through Partnerships and Technology

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The skills gap is widening in today’s economy. However, the focus is no longer on a lack of jobs, but instead on the employer’s challenge to find qualified, skilled workers to fill available positions. As a result, colleges are finding innovative solutions to prepare a highly-skilled workforce to meet the demands of the marketplace. One proposed solution is forming valuable partnerships with corporations to create a competitive advantage.

Read the entire article at www.trainingindustry.com.

20
MAR
2014

Why Companies Fail To Engage Today’s Workforce: The Overwhelmed Employee

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We just completed a major study of human capital trends around the world (Deloitte Global Human Capital Trends, 2,500 organizations in 90 countries) and the message is clear:  companies are struggling to engage our modern, 21st century workforce.

This is a worldwide issue. Gallup research shows that only 13% of employees around the world are actively engaged at work, and more than twice that number are so disengaged they are likely to spread negativity to others.

Before I explain what’s going on, let me share some statistics from the research:

  • 86% of business and HR leaders believe they do not have an adequate leadership pipeline (38% see it as an urgent problem)
  • 79% believe they have a significant retention and engagement problem (26% see it as urgent)
  • 77% do not feel they have the right HR skills to address the issue (25% urgent)
  • 75% are struggling to attract and recruiting the top people they need (24% urgent)
  • Only 17% feel they have a compelling and engaging employment brand.

 

Read the entire article at www.forbes.com.

20
MAR
2014

Study: Peer-To-Peer Fundraising Events Are Growing

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Peer-to-peer fundraising has for all intents and purposes turned supporters into organizations’ development departments. A subset of P2P, independent fundraising events (IFEs) are almost wholly supporter-run with little or no staff involvement.

A new study from Austin, Texas-based Charity Dynamics showed that 42 percent of respondents have an IFE program, with another 25 percent looking to add one. Of those with a current program, 63 percent predict their programs will grow by at least 10 percent in 2014.

The Charity Dynamics IFE Study received responses from 239 individuals, representing 132 organizations. One-third of respondents had no plans to implement an IFE program.

Of those with a program, 62 percent said the program resides with the development department. Almost one-fifth (19 percent) of the programs are owned by the events staff, with 6 percent in marketing and 13 percent in other departments. “While respondents are mixed on how they structure their IFE programs, it is important to mention that most (72 percent) report that they provide fundraising coaching, and the majority (76 percent) report that they have at least one dedicated staff member in place to support the program,” wrote the report’s authors.

Read the entire article at www.thenonprofittimes.com.