Wasting Money to Count Money?

I stopped rolling pennies to take to the bank. I realized that I can only fill, tape, and address a roll of 50 cents every five minutes. My maximum profit is $6.00 per hour and it’s cheaper to use the machine at the grocery store! Now the same process is happening at the school that… Read More

ScaleUp Energy in Denver

Are you turning around a difficult situation? It’s lonely. That’s why we all gather twice a year who are gathered in this business to hear stories of success and to share our struggles. It’s not an easy event because so many thought leaders are onstage with great ideas. Tom Peters was a speaker in May.… Read More

Wednesday MisUnderstood Directors Club – The New Staff Won’t Stay

Did you work harder after you hired more people? The reason to hire more staff is because there is too much work. How can more people create more work instead of less work? Companies go through ‘valleys of death.’ This is commonly described as any nonprofit between $1-6 million in revenue. This is the growth… Read More

Wednesday MisUnderstood Directors Club – Job or Job Description?

This weekly club meeting talks about stress that CEOs and Executive Directors feel when employees don’t do the right things at the right times and life gets difficult.  Perfectly happy Directors and Presidents are not eligible for membership. This week, I’m thinking about why employees get the job description and don’t understand the job. Job… Read More

Wednesday MisUnderstood Directors Club

This weekly club meeting talks about stress that CEOs and Executive Directors feel when employees don’t do the right things at the right times and life gets difficult.  Perfectly happy Directors and Presidents are not eligible for membership. This week, I want to deal with the stress of the 18-36 month window. ReHire When you… Read More

Are You Driving Your Company to Alaska and Can’t Leave Omaha?

It took me four years to realize that my strategic plan to get to Alaska wasn’t working. I was driving around the same block in Omaha and feeling good about it!  My first job included a weeklong, five year planning retreat. The retreat was a heady moment, filled with excitement and potential. We could see… Read More

Getting Past Cash Problems When You Can’t Find 500 Donors to Give More

I’ve never been in a plane that ran out of fuel. Having fuel is such a critical part of travel but airlines plan carefully. I have never heard a pilot announce that we have to land in the wrong city because we need more jet fuel. Non profits are having more and more trouble with… Read More