Strategic Planning Made Simple

As a consultant, (and as a former senior employee and later as a CEO) a lot of time I spent with clients and former employers around the topic of strategic planning was in talking people down from their rooftop of anxiety when it comes “doing” strateg... Read More

The Power of Less

by Leo Babauta If the tasks in your everyday life feel more like a cacophony than a symphony, then this tiny book could be a short and helpful read to pull yourself back together.  The subtitle really says it all for this book, “the fine art of limi... Read More

Great Leaders Grow

by Ken Blanchard & Mark Miller Learning isn’t optional if you want to be an effective leader. It is mandatory that it be life-long and aggressively pursued. That takeaway describes Great Leaders GROW, the second in a series of l... Read More

The Brand Gap

by Marty Neumeier “When people’s experiences match their expectations their loyalty increases.” And, there you have the basis of building a superior brand.  This is one of my favorite books to recommend to clients and professionals who know litt... Read More

Getting Past No

by William Ury This was one of my favorite books a few years ago, when I decided to return to school for my master’s degree at age 48 and took several courses in negotiating. I have used this material in every day life when encountering di... Read More

Servant Leaders in the Board Room

For the past seven years I’ve had the pleasure of teaching a Leadership Success Academy series to nonprofit CEOs and Board Members in the Florida  Keys. One of the highlights of the series is the session on Servant Leadership, a rich philosophy crea... Read More

Top Five Mistakes Nonprofit Boards Make

People often ask me, “what’s the worst mistakes you see from all the nonprofit boards with which you work?”  Since I’ve worked with hundreds over the past 30 years, here are a few of the more common mistakes I see…..and some ways to avoid falli... Read More