Waiting for Consensus and Certainty Will Kill Your #NPCOMM Plan
Apr20

Waiting for Consensus and Certainty Will Kill Your #NPCOMM Plan

Patrick Lencioni wisely points out in The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable (Amazon) that two of the greatest causes for lack of commitment to a project are the desire for consensus and the need for certainty.  We often see these two factors hurting the chances for successful collaborations in nonprofit communications. Think about what’s slowing down your communications plan, or the decisionmaking needed to...

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Need a Good Day? Focus on Your Little Wins
Apr06

Need a Good Day? Focus on Your Little Wins

  According to research by Teresa Amabile from the Harvard Business School, your best work days likely include making progress – even if it is just a small win — on work you consider meaningful or important. Amabile calls this the “progress principle.”   When she compared her research participants’ best and worst days (defined by their mood, specific emotions, and motivation levels), the best days were those where any...

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What’s Your Top Strength as an #NPCOMM Director?
Mar15

What’s Your Top Strength as an #NPCOMM Director?

We are having some fun with a new quiz tool we are trying, courtesy of Interact. Want to find out your top strength as a nonprofit communications director? Take the Quiz!...

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Simple Rules, Part II: How to Get Better #NpComm Work Done Faster
Mar08

Simple Rules, Part II: How to Get Better #NpComm Work Done Faster

  Yesterday I introduced you to some of the concepts from Donald Sull’s and Kathleen M. Eisenhardt’s Simple Rules: How to Thrive in a Complex World (Amazon). We looked at three kinds of simple rules that provide frameworks for making better decisions: Boundary Rules, Prioritizing Rules and Stopping Rules. Today, let’s look at three more, this time related to work processes, or how to do things better. They are...

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Simple Rules, Part I: How to Make Better and Faster #NpComm Decisions
Mar07

Simple Rules, Part I: How to Make Better and Faster #NpComm Decisions

  In their book, Simple Rules: How to Thrive in a Complex World (Amazon), Donald Sull and Kathleen M. Eisenhardt define simple rules as “shortcut strategies that save time and effort by focusing our attention and simplifying the way we process information.” They help us simplify complex systems and decisions so that we can move more quickly through our daily lives at work and home. “Never go on a second date...

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Getting Other People to Meet Your Deadlines
Oct26

Getting Other People to Meet Your Deadlines

It’s a common frustration for nonprofit communications directors who are trying to work collaboratively with staff: getting people to meet their deadlines. This is a hard first step, but one that’s essential: If you want someone to meet your deadlines, they have to believe it’s important to do so. And that means that they understand the strategic role of communications for your organization, and how great communications are essential...

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