Monthly Archives: September 2015

“I Really Didn’t Like It. At All.”

Everyone I know who has returned from a recent trip to Iceland loved it. They raved about it. So I was excited to go this past August. And after I got back to the States, it took me weeks before … Continue reading

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Good Strategy Starts with Listening

In her recent blog for The Center for Effective Philanthropy, Crystal Hayling states that, “…good strategy starts with listening. And not just sporadic listening, but listening that is built into the process of our grantmaking.” She couldn’t be more right … Continue reading

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Embrace the Unknown

Here’s the setting for a recent group activity in which I participated: One room. Twenty people. On one side of the room was a sign that had the word, “YES” and on the other side was a sign with the … Continue reading

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Mea Culpa.

The Nonprofit Quarterly (NPQ) just posted a response to an article in the St. Paul Pioneer Press about the St. Paul Foundation’s challenge to the community to find the best idea to improve the city. The winner would get $1,000 … Continue reading

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There is No Right Answer

I’ve been closely following The Center for Effective Philanthropy’s series on large, staffed foundations versus “lean foundations” that are seemingly able to avoid the problems of messy bureaucracy. The series has focused on dollars out the door relative to staff … Continue reading

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