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3 September 2010

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How You Can Recover From A Toxic Workplace


Have you ever had a workplace so toxic, that you have to process everything that happens with your coworkers, excoriating the wrong-doers until you feel better?

Think about your old or current workplace.

How your emotions have gone from soaring hope to plunging despair in an instant.

How you kept asking yourself, why why am I going to this job that I hate?

Why can’t I find a new job that’s better?

Or even, “Why am I looking for a new job at all? All jobs are the same!”

31 August 2010

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13 August 2010

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How to respond when a manager yells at you in front of staff

Boss yelling at woman
Perhaps this has happened to you. You’re doing your work, and suddenly your boss comes over and starts screaming at you.
Then they barge back into their office.

You wonder what just happened. Perhaps you start to cry. Perhaps you yell back. Perhaps you start to search for another job. How can you prevent verbal attacks? How can you stop the verbal attacker in their tracks? How can you make them understand that they are not going to get the rise out of you that they want?

12 August 2010

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Development 301: Managing & Motivating Others, Part 3

Hi! Thanks for reading this series on how to manage and motivate others by discovering their strengths and helping them find tasks that they […]

9 August 2010

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Development 301: Managing and Motivating Others Part 2

How can you discover your strengths? How do you manage people? Have you taken the Gallup assessment, which was given to over 2 million […]

14 July 2010

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My Fantasy Nonprofit Conference

Have you ever sat there, BORED OUT OF YOUR SKULL at yet another presenter who was just READING OFF THE POWERPOINT SLIDES and wondering where all of the smart, crazy, funny speakers were? Seriously. We’re colorful nonprofit professionals, not drab grey suited dorks. We need people to engage us.

6 July 2010

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25 June 2010

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Your Donors Trust You, But Do You Trust Your Donors?

So recently I was talking with a friend of mine about her new nonprofit job. “How’s it going?” I asked. “Oh I’m looking for […]

18 June 2010

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Why do you hate your job? 3 Reasons

If you hate your job, here are three reasons why you might hate it, and what to do about it. Do you feel anonymous? […]

17 June 2010

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What you don’t know CAN hurt you.

Jamel Debbouze as Lucien in Amelie
Jamel Debbouze in Amelie

When I saw Amelie in 2001, I loved Jamel Debbouze’s character, Lucien. He overcame the barriers presented to him, and ended up running the fruit and vegetable stall where he had previously been abused and oppressed by the owner for being disabled and for being of a different race. It nearly made me cry, when he was being slapped by the manager. My emotional reaction was a hint that I needed to do something.

31 May 2010

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Help! My boss doesn’t listen to me!

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27 May 2010

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Top ten mistakes people make in fundraising

So are you: 0. Thinking that your nonprofit is looking out for you, and will reward all of your hard work with more money […]

25 May 2010

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18 Ways You Can Demand Dignity at Work

“To have a name is to be,” said Benoit Mandelbrot, the inventor of fractals. As “sexism” gained a foothold, men’s desire to avoid being labeled “sexist” caused them to modify their treatment of women. Likewise, the desire of perpetrators to avoid being labeled rankist will make them think twice about insulting the dignity of subordinates.

23 May 2010

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Are you listening? 7 tips for listening to nonprofit staff.

How can you show your respect and regard for someone? You can deeply listen to them. Often I think that a lot of what […]

18 May 2010

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Are YOU Fundraising in a Big Shop?

Because you’ve got so much support, you’re expected to perform miracles, even with a bad database, or a down economy. Or perhaps you feel pigeonholed into your role, with no chance to move up, or do new things.

How do you deal?

7 May 2010

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"No life, no liberty, just the pursuit of wealthy donors"

Have you ever felt upset that you have to go to all of these charity events, all of these chamber of commerce meetings and […]

3 May 2010

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Are you attacked for your fashion? Gender bias at work

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29 April 2010

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How can you be the best fundraiser in the world?

It’s impossible of course. You’ll never know if you are or not, or who is. You’ll never know how much someone else had help […]

22 April 2010

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20 April 2010

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How can you build trust in your nonprofit?

“RICHARD WILKINSON: (With a large wage gap) almost everything gets worse: homicide rates, how kids get on at school, math and literacy scores, teenage birth rates, obesity. Mental illness is worse, how much people feel they can trust others, the size of prison populations, what proportion of the population are locked up, measures of social cohesion, how much people are involved in community life. Everything seems to get worse.

BILL MOYERS: Levels of trust among people are affected by the distribution of income?

RICHARD WILKINSON: I think it’s something that people have had an intuition about for centuries. They have often regarded inequality as divisive and socially corrosive. And our data shows that this intuition is much truer than any of us ever realized. We choose our friends from amongst our equals. People don’t feel so at ease with people who are much better off.

BILL MOYERS: Inequality makes strangers of us?

KATE PICKETT: That’s right. At one point, we wanted to call our book, “Inequality: The Enemy Between Us” because in a more unequal society, the social distances get stretched out between us. As the hierarchy gets steeper, social distances are greater, and it’s harder to trust.