The Rundown 9.27.2017

Some weeks I'm up to my eyeballs in great content and dozens of fantastic articles, making it hard to pick just a handful to share. And then there are other weeks... where it's a little less, a little anemic. *tumbleweed rolls by*

This week was a little dry by my estimation. But what I did read that's worth sharing really focused on several areas we often ask ourselves, but can't always put a firm finger on the answers: telling board members "No." effectively, why it's hard to tell the difference between capability and performance, and how to gain leadership skills without breaking the bank. 

Some solid answer and ideas here folks. A brief, but great week of informational enlightenment, all in your inbox. 


How to Say “No” to Nonprofit Board Members

  • Its rare that I feature back-to-back articles from the same author from week to week, but when they're this good, and on a topic so many of us struggle with? You don't even hesitate. 
  • Offering 6 smart tips on how to say "no" with skill, Terry Ibele at Wild Apricot give you a wealth to think about and even more to employ. 

5 minute read

Why Is Focusing on Performance So Difficult?

  • No really. No. Really. Performance is how things are done and capability are skill that someone has. Can and should they overlap? Yes. But they're not exchangeable. 
  • Because we all manage people (staff, volunteers, donors, board members) Dana Robinson at the Association for Talent Development (ATD) gives you a few thoughts on how to be better at tracking and managing performance in ways that really translate, no matter your sector. 

2 minute read

11 Places to Learn Leadership Skills That Will Make You a More Confident Leader Without Costing You a Dime

  • I don't know if you've caught on? But I get around when it comes to leadership development and education. So when I found an article that highlights 8-9 educational resources I'd never heard of and they're free?! It's worth sharing. 
  • Putting together a really thoughtful list, Larry Kim at Inc. gives you a dozen new places to find new, free and progressive educational resources (Larry being the 12th) to keep sharpening you into the leader you know you are. 

3 minute read w/o links


"I am a teacher. It's how I define myself. A good teacher isn't someone who gives the answers out... but is understanding of needs and challenges and gives tools to help other people succeed. That's the way I see myself, so whatever it is that I will do eventually after politics, it'll have to do a lot with teaching."
Justin Trudeau