The Rundown 6.14.2017

*clears throat* I believe, we don't spend enough time trying to make each other smarter. I think we work hard at looking smart. I think we think other people are fairly smart. But I don't think we spend enough time trying to make each other smarter. 

Why is this? I think we struggle with a sense of collaborative communications and feeling comfortable in the blended world of educating and being educated. We often feel like if we don't know something, we look foolish or vulnerable. And maybe we do. And maybe that's part of the problem. We need to get better at being willing to educate others and be educated by others with a sense of humility and slow down on making people feel shameful otherwise.

In this I believe. So this week, I took shelter in blogs that are trying to teach us something - even if the author knows we already think we know something about the topic. Trust me, you will learn a few things this week. I did. And I promise not to make you feel stupid for learning or foolish for forgetting anything in the first place. Welcome to The Rundown, my friends. 


Leading People Too Smart to Be Led

  • Full disclosure, I want to literally kiss this article. Passionately. Maybe even employ a little tongue. And so, I'm really sorry if you're a visual thinker. 
  • Robert C. Wolcott at the Harvard Business Review does two things really well in this article: 1) throws bureaucratic caution to the wind and 2) suggests a series of leadership-inducing and inspiring suggestions that will thrill any progressive leader.
  • With suggestions like: "don’t valorize failure", "encourage smart recklessness" and "search for 'stupid' practices as much as you seek best practices" you need to pour a cup of coffee or tea and settle into this wickedly masterful piece. 
  • 4 MIN READ

5 Simple Tips That Can Help Even the Worst Procrastinators

  • Feel free to skip this one and read it later. 
  • Ah, see what I did there? I'm so sneaky. No no, read this now because Andy Molinsky looks deep into all of our souls, sees how much we procrastinate, and then made the time to kindly write a few solid tips to help us avoid over-procrastination. Good guy, that Andy.
  • 3 MIN READ

Five Simple Tactics to Attract New Donations Right Away

  • If you follow me over on The Rundown REMIX online (it's basically The Rundown on Facebook with more emphasis on a broad range of nonprofit articles of variable merit - unlike here where I only showcase what I think is the best) then you know I love a good "Well, yeah, Duh!" blog.
  • Donald Cowper, featured over on the GuideStar Blog, isn't really telling us anything new? But let's not pretend we don't all need reminders of how to do our jobs better when it comes to attracting donors. 
  • My thoughts? #4 is critical and often overlooked and #5 is something I talk about with my clients all the time and needs to be considered at all times. 
  • 3 MIN READ

How To Build A Stellar Fundraising Committee & Volunteer Team

  • Ohhhh... don't you love a 2-for-1 sale? In a world where we shouldn't be doing the work of nonprofits alone - but often do - this article is a refreshing outline of how to build a small army of support that's focused on fundraising while smartly leveraging volunteers
  • Zach Hagopian over at VolunteerMatch gives some guidance on how to arm a group of diverse, multi-stakeholders into a focused group of organized, focused committee members. 
  • "But Ben, managing a group of people is sometimes more work than the task itself..." You liar. And you know you're lying. You're just tired and sometimes feel hopeless and frustrated. And that's ok. But this industry--and all of us--need to think more like a choir and less like a solo artist sometimes. Trust me. 
  • 4 MIN READ


"Unity is strength... when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved." 
Mattie Stepanek - 14yo best-selling American poet who, before his death, had become known as a peace advocate and motivational speaker