In this week’s Apricot Jam link round-up offers thoughts on:
We’re featuring these four posts (among the many we’ve bookmarked on Apricot Jam lately) because leadership and boards are blog themes we’re focusing on this month.
- leading through failure (a la nptechFAIL);
- humility as a trait for non-profit leaders;
- tips for avoiding playing devil’s advocate;
- board agenda suggestions to help your fundraising efforts.
In a guest post on the NTEN Blog, Shari Ilsen (VolunteerMatch) explains:
Of course, “Leading Through Failure” actually has multiple meanings: How leaders of organizations can successfully guide their teams through times of failure; and how sometimes failing yourself is a great way to be a leader.
The complexity in this one phrase echoes the layers uncovered during the 13NTC session I organized, “nptechFAIL: How to Crash and Burn and Turn It into a Win.” Below, the panelists share lessons learned during our session, which was supposed to focus on our organizations’ and others’ nonprofit technology failures.
In the end, however, we all found that the failures were not of technology, but of leadership – and so were the lessons.
Shari offers 4 examples of “leading through failure” or as her own example suggests, “growing pains”, as well as a link to the full “nptechFAIL” slide deck.
Mark Athitakis (AssociationsNow) suggests:
We prize decisiveness and a sense of command in leaders. But knowing when to ease up on those traits is an important skill too.
Athitakis offers some examples of how association leaders accomplish more when containing their egos.
Let me play devil’s advocate!
Steve Drake (SCD Group) asks:
Don’t you love it when you are in a brainstorming session or a board strategic planning session and some board member or team member says any of the following:
- I’m just playing devil’s advocate ...
- If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it ...
- But, we’ve always done it this way ...
Drake suggests that “nothing seems to kill a great discussion more than these and similar comments”. He offers some tactics and an exercise to try that might “help reduce these type of comments” I board and committee meetings.
Kivi Leroux Miller (Kivi’s Nonprofit Communications Blog) asks:
Want your board members to get more involved in marketing and fundraising? Give them jobs they may actually enjoy, and make it happen when they are already planning to give you some of their time: at your board meetings.
In the post, Kivi offers examples of “three agenda suggestions that will take only 10-15 minutes of time”: handwritten thank you cards; thank you phone bank; and “I Love Serving Because…”
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