Chalk Talk: A Powerful Tool for Dialogue

Dr. Lynn K. Jones, Certified Personal and Executive Coach experiences first hand how Chalk Talk a silent activity using a whiteboard create a powerful learning experience. Dr. Lynn K. Jones is using this tool virtually or on-site with teams who want to facilitate a dialog.

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10 Success Strategies for Managers

Barbara Kline, Serial Entrepreneur and CEO/Founder of the Breakthru Center for entrepreneurs interviewed me on her radio show about the 10 Success Strategies for Managers. The 10 Success Strategies for Managers that we discuss in the interview are:

Zip Your Lips
Give It Away
Meet, Meet, Meet
Ask, Don’t Tell
Don’t Let ‘Em Push Your Buttons
Love ‘Em or They’ll Leave Ya
Context is King
Attitude of Gratitude
Manage Your Energy, Not Your Time
Take a Break Today and Do More With Less

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Featured Get Your MoJo! Guest Blogger: Barbara Kline,Serial Entrepreneur

Barbara Kline, a self-proclaimed “serial entrepreneur,” is our featured Get Your MoJo! guest blogger this week. Kline has been at the forefront of developing six start-ups, including the Breakthru Center, which has a mission to “demystify the process of growing a start-up into a sustainable company through the process of second stage growth.”

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Ellen Langer, PhD: Priestess of Possibility

“Not only do we as individuals get locked into single-minded views, but we also reinforce these views for each other until the culture itself suffers the same mindlessness.” ~ Ellen Langer, PhD I am a big fan of Ellen Langer. I call her the “Priestess of Possibility.” Since I call myself an “Agent of Possibility” that is close to being God in my book. I revere her because she lives by never accepting “No” for an answer. When she hears, “No,” she asks, “Why not.”

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People Experts Who Can’t Deal With People

Linus explained, “I love mankind; it’s people I can’t stand.” He might have been speaking for many non-profit executives. According to a study of some 3,000 nonprofits reported in the New York Times, most nonprofit executives rank human resources the most challenging and least satisfying part of their jobs. These executives are experts in the problems of people, but they find dealing with the people in their own organizations “depleting.”

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Executive Transitions and Succession Planning…Oh, My!

One board member of one of the larger nonprofits said that his organization had had 3 executive transitions in the last 10 years and expected more in the next couple. A foundation board member who was part of the discussion pointed out that when they see this kind of transition in a nonprofit that his foundation doesn’t want to fund that organization. In addition, they directly ask if the nonprofit has a succession plan. And if they don’t? That is a thumbs down for giving them a grant. So, in addition to being bad board oversight and negligent management, not having an executive transition and succession plan may be costing the nonprofit important funding dollars.

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The Importance of Management

Better management contributes to improved fundraising and more dollars being raised, which is my area of expertise. I see many executive directors who are so bogged down in the basic tasks of running their nonprofit organizations that they don’t have time to fundraise. For example, one director was always fixing the computers in his organization. If he had delegated this task to someone else, and provided training for them, it would have freed up his time to visit donors who could give $1,000 or more. Just the first hour he spent in soliciting a gift would have paid for the training for someone else to fix the computers. Another example is the director who trains his volunteers in delivering groceries to low-income families.

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Team Work: How We Need Each Other

When working in teams, many of us have the opportunity to lead groups in an effort to bring a task to completion. Within this role of leader there are dangers of misrepresenting ourselves as “bossy” or as a “know-it-all”. Though the role of leader deliberately requires that we have a vision and are able to clearly manage your team in bringing ideas to reality—it also requires that we are relatable and are viewed as one of the team, not above the team.

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What Leaders Should Do When Times Are Tough

What leaders frequently forget in their zeal to be prudent and careful is that “the wisdom of crowds” applies within their own organization. Instead of narrowing the circle they rely on, they should be widening it. James Surowiecki in his book, The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few and How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business, Economies, Societies and Nations, explains that a diverse collection of independently-deciding individuals is likely to make certain types of decisions and predictions better than individuals or even experts!

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