Leadership

Leadership, Nonprofit Boards

Recruiting for Smart? Don’t Forget Heart!

David Hinsley Cheng

I’ve heard it said that people get hired for their IQ—but they get fired for their EQ. EQ, known less colloquially as emotional intelligence, is defined by Psychology Today as “the ability to identify and manage your own emotions and the emotions of others. It is generally said to include three skills: emotional awareness; the ability to […]

Interview Prep, Interviewing for a Position, Leadership

Three Mistakes Even High-Powered Women Make During Interviews

Sara Garlick Lundberg

I sit in on hundreds of interviews with executives each year, and I’m struck by how frequently skilled and strong women exhibit these three diminishing habits.  And they do so regardless of age, years of experience and seniority.   Minimizing Accomplishments Job hunting is a vulnerable place to be, and it’s natural for the minimizing […]

Hiring & Recruitment, Leadership, Selecting A CEO

CEO: Redefined

David Hinsley Cheng

A decade ago, leaders were perhaps easier to define. In the days of contracts or fee-for-service reimbursements, boards relied on a steady hand at the top, a CEO with solid long-term experience in the IDD sector, skilled at overseeing all elements of his or her agency, from contracts to quality assurance to human resources to […]

Hiring & Recruitment, Leadership, Selecting A CEO

Your Next Leader Might Be Closer Than You Think

David Cheng

A lauded human service organization finds itself at a crossroads. Its longtime CEO, who has ably led the organization for nearly two decades, is ready for retirement. When the board retains an executive search firm to help them identify their next leader, the search committee proves receptive to advancing someone from within the organization. But […]

Leadership

Inside the Executive Office: Trends that Challenge Nonprofit Leaders in 2017

David Edell

I recently prepared for a seminar with the Strell Executive Leadership Fellows at the Hunter School of Social Work. The subject was “What are the Trends Affecting Non Profit Leaders in 2017.” Much has been written about the subject. As I re-read many of these articles, and interviewed nonprofit CEOs in a variety of service […]

Hiring & Recruitment, Leadership, Nonprofit Boards, Nonprofit Management

Are Emotional Attachments Obstructing Your Nonprofit’s Growth?

Steven Goldberg

The emotional attachments that some nonprofit stakeholders possess are remarkably powerful. It takes enthusiasm, pride, dedication, and passion to coagulate a community of supporters who are loyal to an organization and its mission. These emotional attachments might include ideas, mindsets, feelings, programs, relationships, people, and places that are associated with a nonprofit. They may be […]

Leadership, Nonprofit Management

DRG Alumni Spotlight: Purna Rodman Conare

DRG staff

For Purna Rodman Conare, President and CEO of Cerebral Palsy of North Jersey (CPNJ), creativity and intelligence are among the key ingredients for effective leadership, but when coupled with humor, these qualities can help leaders navigate challenges, and make the world a better place for the most vulnerable populations. “It’s like going to the DMV […]

Executive Coaching, Hiring & Recruitment, Leadership, Nonprofit Management, Talent Management

5 Things You Need (and Don’t Need) to Improve Workplace Diversity

Kim-Monique Johnson

In their article, “Why Diversity Programs Fail,” sociology professors Frank Dobbin of Harvard University and Alexandra Kalev of Tel Aviv University, suggest that programs aimed at forcing leaders to change their behaviors may actually “activate” bias, rather than reduce it. They argue that companies get better results of increasing diversity when they abandon the scare […]

Leadership

DRG Alumni Spotlight: Corinne Hammons

DRG staff

Corinne Hammons’ interest in the nonprofit sector began as early as high school. When she was a student at Bryn Mawr, a Baltimore-based college-preparatory schools for girls, she landed an internship at the Baltimore Development Corporation, where its mission to spur economic growth and create jobs in Baltimore, Maryland inspired her. “I have a philosophy […]

Hiring & Recruitment, Leadership, Nonprofit Boards, Nonprofit Management, Onboarding, Selecting A CEO, Supporting Your CEO

Want to Build a Diverse Leadership Team? Start By Asking These 3 Key Questions

Kim-Monique Johnson

  If you are like most nonprofit leaders, you recognize the value of recruiting and retaining a diverse team for the success of your organization. You may have worked on strategic plans that integrate diversity as a key pillar aimed at achieving laudable goals such as reducing poverty, improving health outcomes, or advancing the arts. […]