The Rundown 8.9.2017

You don't wear ballet flats to a marathon. But often, professionally? We do this all the time. We focus on the goal and not on our methods. We're achievement oriented people, but not operationally focused. Not yet. But we can be. I believe in us! I believe we can look at ourselves and actually do things better, not just build increasingly dynamic goals, but increasingly dynamic processes! I do! I believe!

Come'on! Believe with me! This week in The Rundown, we're taking a few deep dives around process and operations related to social justice inequalities at our conferences, how to build better teams that matter, and how to rewrite our middle management struggles. Enjoy. 

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Neither Radical nor Revolutionary: The Preservation of Privilege in Social Justice Activism

  • Go grab some coffee - this is best thing I've read all week. Think about the last nonprofit conference you attended. Are we making room for the people and professionals who are in the trenches of action and mission? Are we making sure everyone can attend who needs to attend so their stories can be shared? 
  • Gripping, honest, and thought-provoking, Laura LeMoon brings to light an issue that we need to address in the industry. Ripped straight from her personal experiences, you'll see why Laura needs to be heard. And why far too often people like her are not. And why we're all suffering for it. 
  • 5 MIN READ

New GuideStar Seals, New Data, New Profiles

  • Do you know your nonprofit's social good status? You know, the thing that careful, focused and investigative individuals, companies and foundations look at closely when trying to make sure their money or time is well invested? 
  • The first place you should look is GuideStar, and now more than ever because they are getting a facelift - meaning so will your nonprofit with new profiles, new data and new visuals to help highlight your best (and worst).
  • 3 MIN READ

Build Your Team Like Broadway

  • If you take a step back, it's rare that work environments or teams "fail" just because people do or don't like each other. It's so much more complicated, usually more impacted by a lack of trust, value, and stability.
  • Deborah Halliday from Collective Impact highlights this truth by showcasing how recent research studying 474 Broadway productions released between 1945 and 1989, proves this time and time again. 
  • 3 MIN READ

Why Being a Middle Manager Is So Exhausting

  • We've all been there, hell, some of us are still there: Middle Management. It's not all bad, but it's not all good and frankly it's often more than just exhausting, it's complicated and frustrating.
  • So thank god for Eric M. Anicich and Jacob B. Hirsh over at the Harvard Business Review that put things in perspective on not just why it often feels this way, but how to tackle some of the issues and manage them better. See what I did there? Manage them better? Huh? Huh? Eh, whatever.
  • 4 MIN READ

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As long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality persist in our world, none of us can truly rest. Nelson Mandela