As the seasons change (Happy Summer!) I find that trends in articles tend to change as well. I'm seeing a spike in career changing and organizational growth themes on the rise. And while some of the articles are great, some are just filler, trying to capture some of the energy around those themes.
But no filler here! This week I read several articles that were not just about these kinds of changes, but also about our struggles with creativity, money and networking too. And don't forget that having struggles with our artistic sensibilities, having cash flow and knowing people are massive and often necessary elements to becoming successful with any kind of change.
So while I didn't see these articles as having a universal theme? I think they do. As intertwined as you and me. Wait. What do you mean you don't want to be associated with me? Aw. Ok. Fine. I'll be ok. I know you just like me to read all the cool stuff I find. I get this relationship. But I don't have to like it.
- Prior to running my consultancy, I've personally found that while folks do a good job talking about wanting and appreciating creatively, it's pretty much a big fat lie.
- Thank god for people like Tomasz Tunguz who re-opens this can of worms so nicely in a piece he wrote about a 2010 report titled Bias Against Creativity and it's often lack of influence in the workplace - and what you can do to fix that.
- Because if I hear one more time "Oh, that's very creative, but we were just looking for a small tweak to our tremendously broken model we can't remember why we have it but it's served us so poorly and we never want to see it change just different and better..." or something like that? I'm paraphrasing. I'm going to lose my mind.
- 2 MIN READ
- You can't do it alone. No really. And frankly, stop trying. Nonprofits were not build to be done by one person doing everything. This is not a singing contest, these are lives you're trying to change.
- Alicia Schoshinski over at Nonprofit HR pulls out some solid stats, tools and considerations to go from one to some with a thoughtful approach and an understanding of financial and other limitations.
- Smaller nonprofits, this article was written with you fully in mind. Read it twice, tuck it away and doodle about it in your dream journal.
- 5 MIN READ
- Maybe you love your current job. Maybe you don't. Maybe you just want to see what's around the block. Maybe you don't have a choice in the matter.
- No matter the reason? The lovely Joanne Fritz at The Balance gives you 12 of the best of the best places to go looking, hunting and scoring.
- Sometimes networking isn't as hard as closing the loop. And while this article is targeted to women specifically, I can assure you the advice is fantastically gender neutral. Maybe even fluid. You be the judge.
- Lelia Gowland over at Forbes breaks it down and even gives some stellar template email and loop-closing language to consider and make your own.
- 3 MIN READ
"By the way, intelligence to me isn't just being book-smart or having a college degree; it's trusting your gut instincts, being intuitive, thinking outside the box, and sometimes just realizing that things need to change and being smart enough to change it."
Tabatha Coffey - Australian hairstylist, salon owner, and tough as nails television personality