Leadership

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?

DRG staff

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 […]

Hiring & Recruitment, Leadership, Nonprofit Management, Talent Management

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

DRG staff

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

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

DRG staff

  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. […]

Leadership, Nonprofit Boards, Nonprofit Management, Selecting A CEO

Is It Time for Your CEO to Step Down?

DRG staff

  The increasingly complex nonprofit environment makes run-of-the-mill leadership a risk to any organization that is interested in taking their mission to the next level. Nonprofits that are going through a transition need exceptional, progressive, enthusiastic leaders who can not only guide them through change, but also forecast future challenges and keep staff energized every […]

Career Transitions, Interviewing for a Position, Job Search, Leadership

The Hard Skills That Got You Here Won’t Get You There

David Edell

When boards are considering the skills that they need in their next leader, most of the time, the hard skills are the focus of the first set of interviews. Can the candidate raise money for the organization? Do they have experience working with the board? Can they manage large, complex issues? Do they understand finance? […]

Hiring & Recruitment, Leadership, Nonprofit Management, Onboarding

What Are You Doing to Get to Know Your Organization Better?

DRG staff

    Every organization has its own unique set of challenges that may warrant new ways of thinking. Sometimes new hires feel pressured to hit the ground running the moment they enter the organization’s doors- but if they’re too hasty, they run the risk of making uninformed decisions. You will be in a greater position […]

Building a Search Commitee, Hiring & Recruitment, Leadership, Nonprofit Boards, Onboarding

Beyond Diversity: 7 Practical Steps to Successfully Recruit and Onboard A New Board Member

DRG staff

  When the CEO and board chair of a reproductive health care organization approached me for board membership, I was interested in learning how I could contribute. Like many nonprofits, they were struggling to recruit and reflect the diversity of the communities they served. They invited me out to lunch and later discussed their desire […]