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Category: Nonprofit Leadership

5 steps to build shared leadership

Sara Wilson, CPCC, ACC |  Last week’s post listed 5 benefits of shared leadership and 5 questions to determine if you’re modeling shared leadership. In case you’re not clear, shared leadership “involves maximizing all of the human resources in an organization by empowering individuals and giving them an opportunity to take leadership positions in their […]

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10 things you need to know about shared leadership

Sara Wilson, CPCC, ACC | I’ve been thinking a lot about shared leadership lately. I’ve been coaching a team within a large nonprofit that wants to improve their communication and model excellent communication skills for other staff in the organization. I am impressed with the behaviors of the team members, including the team leader, related […]

How Leaders build support for good ideas

Sara Wilson, CPCC, ACC | Not one of your good ideas will become reality until other people embrace it and agree to help it move it forward. – Laurie B. Jones Let that sink in for a minute; I suggest reading it again. The quote’s message may not be a surprise but it’s worth putting […]

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Executive Directors v COVID fatigue

Sara Wilson, CPCC | The “new normal” is impacting everything–individuals, families, nonprofits and for-profit business. Every leader I have spoken with is experiencing COVID fatigue in their professional life and home life.  It is overwhelming. Here are 5 actions you can take to help your organization, team and yourself.  1.  Reach Out. The saying is […]

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Use your leadership skills to be part of the Tipping Point

Sara Wilson, CPCC | Since the brutal murder of George Floyd by police I have experienced many emotions–shock, anger, sadness and a sense of being at loss. Loss of what to do, loss at how I, a white person of privilege, can use my leadership skills to make a difference.  Eighteen years ago, I was […]

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Reboot to improve your crisis leadership skills 

Sara Wilson, CPCC | Week six of COVID-19 and I see the toll on people’s faces and hear it in their voices.  People are worried. Tired. Stressed. Spinning their Wheels.  The reality is you are trying to work from home without the assets of the office,  juggling family demands and many things are uncertain.  You […]

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What Does a Dynamic Duo Have to do with Your Nonprofit Board?

Sara Wilson, CPCC | Often, the roles of board president and executive director are described in terms of how they are different, with the board president focused on the future and the executive director focused on daily organizational management and program implementation. But ideally, these two individuals act as a Dynamic Duo.  Together they are tasked […]

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Developing and Supporting Southeast Wisconsin’s Nonprofit Leaders

University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management | In September of 2019 the Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management, of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee expanded its effort to support nonprofit leadership development through an Executive Leadership Development Circle and a Senior Management Leaders Circle. Sara will utilize her expertise in organizational […]

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Achieving Work-Life Balance

Sara Wilson, CPCC | Nonprofit leaders I work with frequently say that finding work-life balance is a continual challenge. Leaders often know the benefits of creating more equilibrium for themselves and their organizations, but often work 50+ hours per week and find it hard to disconnect even when away from the office. How do we create balance […]

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What Kind of Leader Are You?

Sara Wilson, CPCC |   What defines a good leader? My definition, I realized during the recent conference “Rethinking Leadership” at UW Madison, has evolved. At one time, I identified a leader as someone who was out in front, issued directives, enforced implementation, disciplined, and provided rewards. But, as I have worked with a range of organizations […]

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