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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What a Development AND Communications Director Really Does
Apr14

What a Development AND Communications Director Really Does

There’s a great conversation happening about whether one person can be both the communications and the development director in the Nonprofit Communications Professionals Facebook Group.   Here’s the original question: I’m seeing so many job ads lately for communications AND development managers/directors. I thought orgs were finally wising up and realizing that they’re generally not going to find one...

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Unhappy at Your Communications Job? Slip This to Your ED
Mar29

Unhappy at Your Communications Job? Slip This to Your ED

Last week, the Chronicle of Philanthropy published an op-ed I wrote called Why Your Communications Directors is Unhappy and What to Do About It  (Subscription required, unfortunately.)  In the piece, I talk about the frustrations communications directors share with us every day via our training and mentoring programs, as well as data from the 2016 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report on job satisfaction among nonprofit...

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Wisdom for Executive Directors Managing Communications Teams

After working closely with more than 100 nonprofit communications directors over the years, I’ve seen just how important a strong working relationship between the executive director and the communications director is.  Data in our most recent trends report confirms how essential these partnerships are too. I provided some advice to executive directors on improving their side of the relationship in both the 2016 Nonprofit...

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