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Tactics, tactics, tactics

“Tell me which lines to draw, which numbers to paint, which tool to use, which step comes next!” “Help me find all the small places I can adjust, without changing me.” No, no. Changing you intentions, changing your mental model, … Continue reading

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Daschund in the Wild

For no other reason than that we all need a laugh…a 30-second video I shot, with all due apologies to Allastair Fothergill and his team. (yes, that’s one of my two dogs, Stella.  And yes, that’s me narrating.  No idea … Continue reading

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Another Hero I’ve Never Met

I recently had a powerful conversation with a friend about humility and arrogance.  We talked about the danger and allure of arrogance, how blinding it is and how much it keeps us from seeing each other’s humanity. “Sometimes,” my friend … Continue reading

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Citibike

I’ve just taken the plunge and signed up for Citibike, New York’s bike-sharing program.  The bikes are suddenly ubiquitous in lower Manhattan, and yesterday a colleague of mine burst into work with a huge smile, raving about cutting his commute … Continue reading

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Grit, Agency and Mastery

Angela Duckworth defines grit as “passion and perseverance for long term goals.” She also has found grit to be the single best determinant of long-term success.  The single one.  And, she tells us, we know very little about it – … Continue reading

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Save it for another day

A good friend told me a beautiful story recently.  She was at a 7-11 and got to the register only to be told that the guy in front of her had paid for her food and her coffee.  Apparently the … Continue reading

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Giving, halfway

Look down a list of donors and you’ll never be able to figure out the intention behind a donation:  who gave expecting something in return – who is keeping a running balance sheet in his head of credits and debits … Continue reading

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Generosity Day – and now, the fun part

Earlier this year I found myself wondering: what should I do for Generosity Day this year?  Meaning “I” or “me.” In many ways, I asked the wrong question.  Of course I have an important role to play, but what I’ve … Continue reading

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What it feels like

Think about that moment when your Board members (hopefully) introduce you and your nonprofit to new potential donors.  What’s your caricature of that conversation between your Board member and your next big donor? My vote: “(whisper) Pssst.  C’mere.  There’s something … Continue reading

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Goldilocks giving

When it finally comes time to ask someone to make a philanthropic donation, how much should you as for – a little, too much, or just right? “Too little” is never right.  If anything, “too little” is a polite way … Continue reading

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