Virtual Cocktail Hour Invite!

Battling with the Board? Frustrated by Fund Raising? Join me for a Zoom Executive Director Cocktail Hour at 5pm Eastern on Thursday, December 20. Bring your own wine and hors d’oeuvres.  I’m your host. Ronald Dale Tompkins. As with all good cocktail hours, I’ll have questions such as who is the most interesting person you… Read More

ED Holiday Cocktail Hour on Zoom

It’s almost impossible to lead a nonprofit! You know what I mean if your December fund raising is less than target. Low margins and not much access to capital markets make a day by day challenge. The burden of organizational success becomes concentrated in the Executive Director with little money left to hire appropriate expertise… Read More

Recession Proofing and Loneliness

The free workshop is September 18 and 19th (details below) on Zoom. This is one workshop where you won’t be late because the subway was behind schedule! The first recession proofing we talk about is loneliness of leaders when facing external problems. Since I lead a nonprofit as well as serve as a coach, I… Read More

Why You Are Frustrated as a NonProfit Leader

If you lead a nonprofit, you already succeed at a harder job than your friend Susan who directs a forprofit company (ABC Motors) of similar size! You may notice that you have unique pressures that Susan does not face at ABC Motors. She seems to have more cash and less regulation while you try to… Read More

Is work in July for Problems or Plans? Choose with the Rockefeller Habits

Many nonprofit leaders face an unending mountain of tasks with no clear path to a better life and leadership. I managed the chaos — by Mastering the Rockefeller Habits. Capital One Bank has graciously agreed to host so its free for you. June 20 at 8:30am – 10:30am at 320 Park Avenue. Write me at… 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

Merger and Acquisition Territory

Exactly 10 years ago as I write, I applied for a Vice President position at Edwin Gould. I just checked the cover letter and it was a masterpiece. Of course, one reason that I’m writing this is that I was rejected. No one could have known that Edwin Gould would be acquired by the former… 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