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…

No Hard Choices = No Strategy and No Leadership

Just the other day a nonprofit communications director showed me her brand-new marketing strategy. Her organization’s leaders, the executive director and a committee of board members, had commissioned the strategy from a consultant. After several  months of work, the strategy was delivered to staff to implement. But the document I saw contained very little leadership…

5 Leadership Failures That Hurt Communications and Fundraising

Communications directors and development directors are not magicians or miracle workers, and yet many executive directors and boards seem to think they should be able to pull rabbits out of hats and turn water into wine. Too often, when I coach communications directors through their daily challenges, I find that their jobs are being made…

Nonprofit Leadership | The Backcountry Guide Way

I used backpacking as the organizing metaphor in my book, Content Marketing for Nonprofits, so when Bo offered to write this post relating nonprofit leaders to backcountry guides, I thought it was perfect fit.  ~Kivi Guest Post by Bo Percival As someone who is passionate about the outdoors, I have long been engaged with backcountry…

Young Leaders: Cut the BS

I loved this commencement video by Jon Lovett, former Obama speechwriter and comedian. It’s very funny and yet still very insightful advice from a 30-year-old. As a 44-year-old — officially “old” to college grads — I love listening to smart young ones. I was usually the youngest one in the room early in my career…

IT Staff, Marketing and Leadership #13ntc

We met Imtiaz Haiyoom by accident our first night at the Nonprofit Technology Conference (#13NTC) in Minneapolis a few weeks ago. He was sitting approximately where we wanted to host a little meet and greet, so we basically commandeered his table and forced him join us. He got a free drink out of the ordeal, but I think…

Great Leadership Tips & Ideas @ the Carnival

What does it take to be a great leader in the nonprofit sector? You’ll find some thoughtful answers in the current edition of the Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants, posted Wednesday at Ready, Aim, Inspire. The roundup includes posts from Jane Arsenault, Jason Dick, Katya Andresen, Heather Carpenter, and Sam Davidson. The Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants is a…

Nonprofit Leadership @ This Week’s Carnival

Hello Carnival Goers – This week’s Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants — a weekly roundup of the best of the nonprofit blogosphere — is up this week at Perspectives from the Pipeline and the theme is Nonprofit Leadership. Our host Rosetta Thurman has highlighted posts that emphasize simple gestures, taking the reins, transitioning into a new…