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Here’s What Bad Bosses Say

Posted by sybil | On: Apr 25 2017 | Comments (0)
Steer clear if someone you work for – or with – says any of the following: “I’m not the boss because I’m always right. I’m always right because I’m the boss.” “Why should I invest in your training? You’ll...

A Manager’s Guide on How to Cope When Team Efforts are Taken For Granted

Posted by sybil | On: Mar 28 2017 | Comments (2)
I had an interesting discussion with a colleague who manages an internal service department for a medium-sized organization. She’s a supportive manager whose team takes pride in providing quality service to internal clients. However, she finds it a challenge...

Sharing a Positive Message: Interview with Laughing at My Nightmare’s Sarah Yunusov

Posted by sybil | On: Mar 07 2017 | Comments (2)
I am one of more than half a million followers of Shane Burcaw’s Laughing At My Nightmare blog. I’m also greatly impressed with the nonprofit organization he co-founded with his cousin, Sarah Yunusov, with the mission “to spread a message of positivity...

Confessions of a Recovering Nonprofit Executive

Posted by sybil | On: Feb 07 2017 | Comments (0)
One of the most challenging jobs I know of is held by people who work in nonprofits — they are as passionate about their work as they are stressed trying to accomplish much with limited resources. I explored this topic recently with a former nonprofit leader, Debrah...

How to Boost Mission Awareness

Posted by sybil | On: Jan 24 2017 | Comments (0)
[Note: This guest post was written by Kim Plyler, a communications professional and media strategist. CEO and founder of SahlComm, Kim works with high level clients in the technology, finance, manufacturing, cyber security, NGOs and nonprofit sectors. Her company's...

When It’s Best to Walk Away from a Prospect

Posted by sybil | On: Nov 15 2016 | Comments (2)
For anyone focused on growing a company, it’s hard to turn down new business. But sometimes it’s necessary. My first experience with this situation took place nearly two decades ago, and I remember it clearly. After much debate and hand-wringing about...

Hey, Wells Fargo: You Should’ve Followed Aretha Franklin, Not Gordon Gekko

Posted by sybil | On: Oct 04 2016 | Comments (2)
I’m saddened and shocked, but not surprised, about the recent Wells Fargo sales scandal that lead to bank employees opening bogus customer accounts in response to intense pressure to meet unrealistic and aggressive sales goals. I was once a sales manager...

When It’s Best to Lose a Customer or Client

Posted by sybil | On: Sep 13 2016 | Comments (0)
Despite the best intentions, there are times when it’s necessary to give up a customer or client. The reasons vary, as I learned when I asked colleagues why they stopped working with customers. In their own words (and in no particular order), here’s...

“Hoping to Help” – Lessons in Global Health Volunteering

Posted by sybil | On: Apr 19 2016 | Comments (0)
Whether providing relief after a natural disaster or rendering humanitarian aid to countries in need, we’re familiar with the importance of international medical missions. The inspirational stories told by returning volunteers describe the desperate and challenging...

What’s the Matter with Management? It’s Not What You Think

Posted by sybil | On: Mar 22 2016 | Comments (6)
Actually, the question should be “What’s the matter with managing?” as I’m hearing from more colleagues who tell me they still love their work, but they dislike the managing people part. I shared my concern about this with Mary Theresa...