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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...

Engaging Conversations with Volunteers

Posted by sybil | On: Apr 18 2017 | Comments (0)
“Volunteers … work not for money but because they want to give back, make a difference, change the world.”  Sally Helgesen While the need to give of themselves may motivate volunteers to get involved, it doesn’t ensure their continuing commitment....

The Problem with Top-Down

Posted by sybil | On: Apr 11 2017 | Comments (0)
Going horizontal in a vertical world by David Zinger Our organizational problems stem from being so vertical in a horizontal world. Elevators of rank, privilege, and delusion traverse up and down the corporate hierarchy giving the illusion of height over width. Even...

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...

How Will You Honor Your Employees on Recognition Day?

Posted by sybil | On: Feb 21 2017 | Comments (0)
Recognizing and affirming employee value is critical to creating and sustaining employee engagement. And while workplace recognition should be a no-brainer, Gallup research found otherwise. According to Gallup practice manager Annamarie Mann and researcher Nate...

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...

What to Look for When Replacing a Manager

Posted by sybil | On: Jan 31 2017 | Comments (0)
A colleague expressed frustration about a corporate search that took nearly a year to replace a department head. It takes time to bring in the right person, and urgency takes a back seat to finding the right fit. The challenge, however, is getting through the process...

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...

How to (Gently) End a Customer Relationship

Posted by sybil | On: Jan 10 2017 | Comments (0)
When I asked other business professionals when it’s best to lose a customer or client, the reasons boiled down to the customer’s lack of respect and not being fully committed to the working relationship. Examples cited included: difficult interactions...

Creative Planning for 2017

Posted by sybil | On: Dec 27 2016 | Comments (0)
Napkin futures by David Zinger “Tabling strategy. Gel pens drawn during fast food lunch sparking napkin artistry. Ink bleeds arrows, word, and stick figures into thin paper. Absorbing both strategic thinking and mustard drips oozing from the overflowing...