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

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

Your Age Versus Your Strategic Plan

They say that your 20’s are about career discernment, 30’s – overcoming failure, 40’s – accumulating money, 50’s – accumulating power, and 60’s – guarding reputation. While there is no perfect age for leadership, strategic planning is always about managing risk. Age tends to dampen our risk appetite. It’s a reasonable feeling. I started a company… Read More