The biggest threat to nonprofits is not declining membership, meeting attendance or sponsorship.
It is not limitations in volunteers, time or money, but a shortage of “Creative Democracy”.
There are few things more daunting than trying to run a CREATIVE board meeting. Partisan politics, positioning, personal priorities and the occasional ego often bring progress to a standstill. It is easy to get caught up in the illusion that these are people problems.
These are not problems of ill int...Read More
Imagine a team not controlled by controversy, stressed by situations or distracted by discontent.
1-We are all overwhelmed by too much to do and too little time to think but what if being aware of why we think the way we think could change all that?
2-What if understanding our chemistry could truly set-us-free? Free from anger, resentment, guilt, and shame. Free from manipulation, indignation and utter stagnation.
3-What would it be like to work in an environment free of fear...Read More
The story is true, the setting is healthcare but the emotional intelligence, communication expertise and service delivery systems can (and should) be lessons for anyone.
I appreciate the kind concerns that have been expressed by so many but the purpose of this article is to provide a platform for evaluating your own service delivery systems. Real Lessons, Real Science, Real Solutions. It is easy to talk in the abstract...Read More
Multitasking not only undermines our output by half and increases errors by 50% it also establishes an enduring expectation of frustration. Once employees are acclimated to the idea that the “appearance of being overloaded is expected” then we are well attuned to finding our place in the pack. We quickly adapt to “our part”. It is a part our primitive predecessors perfected* we do as others do and soon believe as others believe...Read More
Despite all that I have done to learn the skills to improve my “Emotional Intelligence” my primitive chemistry doesn’t always want to stay in the cage where it belongs. This is true for all of us to some extent and is part of our evolution as a species. The limbic system which floods our bodies with Cortisol when confronted with a perceived threat responds in two hundredths of a second, while our thinking prefrontal cortex may take as long as two full seconds to respond.
If we are bein...Read More