Non-Profits

non_profitsolve_problemNonprofit organizations come in all shapes and forms from small charitable groups to large industry association. Their issues include the development and execution of plans fund raising, team building, leadership and member loyalty. Shown below and linked to our blog are subjects of interest for those in non-profit organizations.

  • Don’t Make a Bad Hire
    Better Hiring  As our businesses and organizations return to a pre-virus status, our owners and managers are currently in a hiring mode. Because of the lack of applicants, one may be overly anxious to hire the first available candidate. Let us consider the cost and time wasted in hiring the wrong person and consider a better methodical approach. Consider the time and cost associated with finding and evaluating candidates. There are first the media costs, whether you use a publication, a website ...
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  • Nonprofit Leadership During a Crisis
    Resilient Leadership  You started the year with great plans and expectations, but sometime during the month of March, the work seemed to end. You may have had to close your office and possibly work from home. Your staff may have become apprehensive about working with clients. The annual fundraising event may have been canceled or postponed. You found yourself disheartened and in a state of crisis. Stephen Covey once explained the difference between management and leadership. He said that if a manager ...
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  • Focus on the Plan
    Staying Focused  So often we find that a business or a nonprofit organization has wandered into an area which might not be consistent with their Mission. They are spending time and energy addressing some idea that diverts them from the important issues which need to be addressed. Let me remind you that our business name is RLS Focused Solutions. One of the roles of a business coach is to remind the client not to lose their focus. Let’s consider an example. I ...
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  • Hiring Motivation and the KASH Box
    The KASH Box  During several of our seminars we often project the illustration shown here on the right. Upon noticing it, the most common question is: “What is this?” This is referred to as the KASH Box and as we explain its purpose and meaning, the listener usually nods their head and smiles. They often said, “I’ve believed this for years, but I never saw it expressed this way. Seeing it reinforces what I’ve always known.” Consider the four sectors of the square ...
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  • Trust at Work
      Trust and Leadership I believe at the core of leadership is whether the leader is trusted by others. Would you be motivated to believe and follow a manager who you did not trust? How would the staff work to accomplish the plans and goals put forward by that leader or manager? Whether you are the owner of a business, the leader of a nonprofit, or a government official, leadership starts with Trust. This is true not only in leadership, but in all ...
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  • New Year Plan
    A Time to Plan This is that time of year when we reflect on the events of the previous year and begin to plan for the current year. Think back over the last year and think what you learned from your failures and successes. We hope to be lifetime learners and understand that much of our education comes from our practical experience. Therefore, let’s build our future with what we learned for the past. In thinking back over 2019 ask yourself: What ...
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  • Are Leaders Born or Made?
    Some Management Coaching Ideas on Leadership Leadership is a key element in the development or rebirth of any organization, whether it is a for-profit business or non-profit community organization. It is important to large corporations, such as General Electric; small local businesses, such as a town dry cleaner; city, county and state government; churches, and service organizations such as Rotary. Many of us admire the skills exhibited by those who assume leadership roles in these organizations and assume such skills are well ...
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  • Strategic Plan
      Strategic Plans That Never Happen Maybe you are a business or a non-profit that completed writing a strategic plan within the last one to two years. You spent many hours with your board of directors or management team carefully crafting the wording within each step of the process. Maybe you used a consultant or let a team member lead the discussion. Everyone felt good about the completion of the document, but a year later the status quo continues. What happened? Of course ...
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  • Coaching People
      Coaching People to Think  As a young co-op student with General Motors, one of my first assignments was to work in the personnel department (we now call it Human Relations). People would come in to apply for work. We would tell them to fill out an application and we would keep it on file. One day I was standing at the counter talking to a supervisor in the department when an applicant came through the door and asked, “What are the ...
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  • Making Meetings Worthwhile
    Do You Hate Meetings? In his book Traction, Gino Wickman discussed the development of effective and meaningful meetings. He reports that surveys, where people were asked to rate the effectiveness of meetings on a scale of 1 to 10, the responses were in the 4 to 5 range. Over the last year, I have been involved in a monthly leadership meeting with a client and have observed that attendance had become a struggle. In talking to several of the participants, I ...
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