Mayes Wilson & Associates

Category: Organizational Development

What are you attached to?

Sara Wilson, CPCC |  On my recent trip to Africa, what began as a simple act of generosity turned into a surprisingly strong mental challenge that made me reflect on attachment. We can be attached to things, people, our self perceptions, the list goes on and on. It turns out my attachment was to a […]

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“Focusing Board Energy: Out of the Weeds, On to Big Ideas”

Land Trust Alliance, Ask the Expert | Sara Wilson shares her expertise on Ask the Expert”  a presentation hosted by the national Land Trust Alliance. Her topic is  “Focusing Board Energy:  “Out of the Weeds, On to Big Ideas” . A recording of the presentation is available courtesy of Land Trust Alliance-Midwest Program,  Heart of the Lakes, and Gathering […]

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9 Important Mid-Year Questions

Sara Wilson, CPCC | Mid-calendar year, a-l-r-e-a-d-y.  I hope you’re enjoying summer cook-outs, Frisbee golf, and vacations to new and exciting places.  I just got back from a wonderful week in Mexico! But summer isn’t all fun and travel.  Maybe your kids are home and you are juggling their activities and schedules. Maybe yard work […]

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Want to Increase Engagement?

Sara Wilson, CPCC |  A concern many individuals I coach bring up is a lack of engagement on the part of employees, team members or board members. Understandably this is a challenge for every Leader. You depend on people being engaged in order to achieve strategic goals and to accomplish day-to-day tasks. If you want […]

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Annual Planning: Don’t let the chaos keep you from leading

Sara Wilson, CPCC | I thought of calling this “Annual Planning in Times of Chaos” but realized times of turmoil can be times of great possibilities and growth.  The trick is to avoid becoming overwhelmed by the uncertainty.  One way to do this is to return to your annual plan. When was the last time […]

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Creating a Culture of Gratitude Year-Round

Sara Wilson, CPCC | It’s November, when expressions of gratitude are so frequent they can be lost in the “noise” and become almost meaningless. Here are some things I’ve learned that can help you create a culture of gratitude year-round. Teams that work well together are found more frequently in organizations where appreciation is both […]

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Communication Series: Handling Difficult Conversations

Sara Wilson, CPCC |   Communication is at the heart of our relationships, woven into every interaction we have, whether in a group or a one-on-one conversation. When I am working with a person to build their leadership skills, develop a team, help them solve a problem, or facilitate collaborations, I am reminded of how […]

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The Impact of Not Addressing Underperformance

Sara Wilson, CPCC | I’ve had several conversations with clients whose employees or board members are underperforming. I’m continually struck by how often we “settle” for unsatisfactory performance. Then I realize, oh spitball, I’ve done the exact same thing! Do these justifications of poor performance sound familiar? They’ll do better next time They have a […]

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Making the Most of Your 990

Sara Wilson, CPCC |   What is your most public document? No, it’s not your annual report or program brochure. Form 990 is the document most likely to be accessed through GuideStar by reporters, donors, job seekers, and the public. Many organizations make the mistake of leaving the first part blank, but Part 1: Mission […]

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