The Rundown 7.12.2017

You know what's worse than self-promotion? Self-promotion in a vacuum. Yelling bright ideas, throwing tools, and tossing business cards down long, dark hallways of silence. It would make someone go crazy, if they weren't already. 

So yeah. I'm doing fine. The trick, you know, is to keep it conversational, fresh, and about things that matter. Even if you think the things that matter are SO fresh, it's hard to start a conversation in the first place. You follow?

This week in The Rundown, I'm yelling a little louder, shooting some tools out of a t-shirt cannon, and putting up billboards for myself and a few others who are trying really hard to craft conversations and create content that really do matter. They just need a few moments of your time. So I'm here to provide that opportunity. I hope you take advantage, my friends. Pretty please? 

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WEBINAR: Nonprofit Partnership Advancement: 5 Steps to Progressive Partnership Success

  • You've heard me talk about it. You've read the blogs. Maybe you even attended my presentation at the Points of Light Conference last month. But now it's time to get to work.
  • Join me for a free webinar on August 3rd at 2pm EST to learn how your nonprofit can build their own Nonprofit Partnership Advancement model.
  • It's time for nonprofits to take control back of their corporate and private partnerships. And it's time for me to teach you how. 

Why Dreaming Big Isn’t Enough

  • Tired of trying to "wow" everyone? Trust me, I get it. You know the difference between aspirational and asinine goals? Very little if you don't have a realistic plan, trust you me. 
  • Colin Shaw does a nice job making a quick read around the subject of dreaming big, but not foolishly or with a lack of strategy. This is written with a corporate audience in mind, but it's 110% applicable to us nonprofit folk. 
  • 2 MIN READ

Demystifying Outcomes Measurement: A Glossary for Funders

  • POPQUIZ: Do you know the difference between Mission vs. Vision? Measurement vs. Evaluation? Outputs vs. Outcomes? Because it's clear far too many people don't. 
  • The npENGAGE team gives Michelle DiSabato a chance to outline a really smart compare/contrast series of industry terms that we all need to make sure we're using correctly or sharing with our donors and volunteers.
  • Read this. Share this. Hell, print it out and put it in your breakroom. 
  • 3 MIN READ

Engagement Professionals Make or Break Nonprofits. Are You One of Them?

  • Oh man, here I go again! If you know anything about me, you know I'm a practical guy with a philosophical streak. You also know I tell it like it is and here I am again addressing an issue we all know well: the internal chaos of nonprofit professionals. 
  • But there is a twist! I figured out that the very root of our problem also happens to be our salvation and solution. No really. No. Really. 
  • All this and I get to introduce a brand new nonprofit umbrella term into the lexicon. Oh, and don't discount this essay: between you and me? It's the cornerstone of so much more to come from Rhinocorn. Trust me on this. 
  • 8 MIN READ (This is more of an essay than a blog, FYI)

How to Disagree Well

  • Hi! Welcome to the last blog link in this week's edition. At this point--assuming you've made it this far--you might be saying to yourself: "Ben, you gentle soul, some of what you've shared this week is dumb or downright incorrect. I say no. I disagree. You are a fool."
  • To that I say: BRING IT. Tell me why. Line it out. But! You better disagree well. As Daniel Goleman outlines here in a piece by Korn Ferry Institute, that will take more than just having an opinion. So study up.
  • 2 MIN BLOG

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THIS WEEK'S BURNING QUESTION:

What is one prevailing nonprofit industry "truth" you think is full of lies?