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When I interview

Just one thing is really going through my mind:  Am I energized by this conversation? What’s energizing will differ depending on the role – its content, seniority, what skills and disposition it requires. But at the end of the day, … Continue reading

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Your chance to shape a sector

Kevin Starr, who among other things runs the Mulago Foundation, penned a provocative, must-read series of posts on Stanford Social Innovation Review titled “The Problem with Impact investing (Pt. 1, Pt. 2, and Pt. 3). He leads off his last … Continue reading

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What sets you apart

Not smarts or capacity or competence. Not pedigree. Not even accomplishments if they didn’t require putting yourself on the line. Relentless passion? Courage? Going out on a limb? Refusal to give up? Yeah, now we’re getting somewhere. It’s virtually impossible … Continue reading

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How do you find a great Head of Development?

I’ve been asked this question a lot, and was asked it again the other day by the CEO of a growing, successful nonprofit, so here are some thoughts. First, let’s clarify who’s asking the question and what this means about … Continue reading

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Who are you looking for?

What do your job postings look like?  Do they look anything like this one placed in a British newspaper by Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton, looking to hire crew for his Nimrod expedition to reach the South Pole (he never succeeded): … Continue reading

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Run and hide! (nonprofit hiring)

File under: you can’t make this stuff up. I was asked to fill out a survey about salaries and hiring trends in the nonprofit sector, and one of the questions is: What is the determining factor in hiring staff for … Continue reading

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Gumption and conviction

Some interview questions to get at the important stuff: “What grounds you?” “What are you best at?” “Tell me about at time you changed someone’s mind.” “At your core, what makes you tick?” “What does generosity mean to you?” Degrees … Continue reading

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