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Have you ever “lost it” with a colleague?

Sara Wilson, CPCC, ACC | We all have them. Reactions that occur in a flash. Perhaps something your colleague says triggers emotions resulting in a real blow-up, maybe your partner says something and you immediately shut down or storm out of the house. These reactions are often the result of a past situation or experience […]

Creating a more inclusive and equitable hiring process (Part Three)

Sara Wilson, CPCC, ACC |  For this third and final installment in my blog series on creating a more inclusive and equitable hiring process, I want to explore unconscious bias. In part 1 of this series, I discussed designing an inclusive and equitable hiring process, including who to involve, questions to ask about your organization’s […]

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Creating a more inclusive and equitable hiring process (Part Two)

Sara Wilson, CPCC, ACC | In this second installment in my blog series on creating a more inclusive and equitable hiring process, I examine the recruiting phase. Although I’m not an HR professional, I’m always learning and want to share what may be new ideas for some readers. I am confident our mutual desire is […]

Creating a more inclusive and equitable hiring process (Part One)

Sara Wilson, CPCC, ACC | In 2021 some nonprofits reported up to a 30% vacancy in positions.* Are you experiencing staff changes? If so, you will be designing your hiring process. I encourage you develop a transparent and inclusive process–from who is involved to including a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) lens to guide the process. […]

The best movie about teamwork right now isn’t Top Gun: Maverick

Sara Wilson, CPCC, ACC | Need an inspirational message about teamwork and leadership? Rather than reading a book about teamwork, go see that cinematic tale of a handsome flyboy leading a crew of youngsters on their toughest mission yet: Pixar’s Lightyear. Showing now. Seriously, the movie is all about teamwork with great animation along the […]

Don’t forget donors when doing succession planning

Julie Whelan Capell |  Here at MWA, we get a lot of questions about succession planning. It’s one of those things that’s on everyone’s “to do” list, but never seems to get done. We’ve written about the risks of not planning for board succession and posted a straightforward guide to succession planning.  One aspect that […]

Change as a resilience strategy for leaders and teams

Sara Wilson, CPCC, ACC | Normal. In the last couple of years there hasn’t been much normalcy. COVID forced us to change professionally and personally. My clients frequently say they are having trouble going back to “normal.” It’s not unusual for there to be comfort in the past. But please don’t put your leadership or […]

Take a chance with online giving days

Julie Whelan Capell | When you hear about online giving days, your mind may immediately go to #GivingTuesday. This national event occurs annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. But now, many other giving days are popping up throughout the year, usually organized by local foundations or United Ways. A couple of months ago, the Land […]

What choice will you make today?

I am writing today with my Certified Coaching Hat fully on!  Almost every executive I have spoken to recently is burned out and tired. Same for staff. Assume that someone on your team is feeling this way. They may become irritable more quickly, feel anxious and overwhelmed. Research tells us that our brain is a […]

Throw your board agenda out the window

Sara Wilson, CPCC, ACC | Have you tried implementing any of the suggestions from my recent blog: Is your board stuck in the weeds?  Another tool that can foster high level board discussion is the board meeting agenda. I hear the rumbles of “I can’t change the board agenda, we’ve been doing it the same […]

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