The Rundown 5.10.2017

Do you love your job or do you just love what your job does? That might sound like an insane question outside of the nonprofit sector (unless what something "does" is make us money...) but it's something I feel like we don't ask ourselves enough in the industry or in the mirror.

While the articles this week won't solve for these problems, they do talk about a series of thoughts, processes and ideas to consider to make them better or at least get them more right.

These are three "thinkers" and they are worth every word written. But fair warning - you will probably want to discuss them a little, we bet. And when you do? Feel free to visit the online version of The Rundown: The Rundown REMIX where you can share your thoughts, feelings and even more feelings freely and openly with others and even myself! - Ben


Onboarding Isn't Enough

  • We've all been there: you start a new job and there is some sort of orientation and onboarding process and then... you're off to the races, unloved and alone.
  • Very long, but extremely fantastic article from Mark Byford, Michael D. Watkins and Lena Triantogiannis at the Harvard Business Review on a new concept called Integration that for and nonprofits alike should look at closely if you want to build talent and keep talent.
  • 10+ MIN READ w/o links

The 5 Pillars of a Thriving Nonprofit

  • Some articles start out fairly straight-forward and then upon closer look offer a wealth more than you realized on the subject at hand and really open your mind up to what's possible.
  • Welcome to the brilliance of Joan Gerry, she's got her finger on the pulse of nonprofits and their messiness and writes fantastic articles - like this one where you think you've seen it before? But not like this. 
  • Pilar #2 is the Rhinocorn sweet-spot and why we even exist to support nonprofits, but each of the 5 are critical to your successful existance.
  • 4 MIN READ

Why Nonprofiteers Fall In and Out of Love With Work

  • There is the "work" and there is the work at nonprofits. Far too often I see nonprofit professionals who want to "recapture" the love for the mission because to accomplish the mission they have to focus on management.
  • This smart article by Caroline Kim Oh delves into this mindset and the struggles of those who are compelled or feel compulsive to lead in the nonprofit sector with a fresh set of eyes.
  • And hey, you might even see yourself in this article. Or maybe you might not. At least not yet. [insert evil laugh]
  • 3 MIN READ



"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world."
Harriet Tubman, American abolitionist, humanitarian, and an armed scout and spy for the United States Army during the American Civil War.