Friday Link Round Up: Succession Planning

by Michele Martin on July 21, 2017

Succession planning–developing current employees to fill key leadership positions in the organization–is an important strategy for any organization. Here are some links to help with the process.

What HR Managers Need to Know About Succession Planning--Covers the basics, including benefits to both the organization and its employees.

Succession Planning Toolkit–Includes step-by-step strategies for developing a succession plan.

Succession Planning Template–A simplified tool for creating your succession plan.

Succession Planning in Nonprofits–A nice selection of resources from Bridgespan.

Blending Nonprofit Succession Planning–A good case study on how to blend succession planning with executive transition.


Friday Link Round Up: Wellbeing

by Michele Martin on July 14, 2017

We are in the middle of summer, a time when the pace of work tends to slow and and we have more space to take care of ourselves. Here are some links on cultivating workplace wellbeing.

Handle Your Stress Better by Knowing What Causes It–Identifying your stress triggers is the first step in better managing them.

Why Your Summer Schedule Should be a Blueprint for Your Life–Three steps to take to make the most of your summer schedule now and into the fall.

Satisficing: How Overachievers Stay Sane and Avoid Burnout–Four great tips for stepping back and letting go of the perfectionism that can lead to burnout.

How to Stop Your Nonprofit’s After Hours Email Habit–After-hours emails can be a huge source of stress for staff. Here are tips for breaking the habit.

Schedule Power Hours–Block out time on your calendar from 60-120 minutes and take on a particular project that requires high concentration like writing proposals or reports, or creative thinking and planning.


Interview with Amy Beck, Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living

July 7, 2017

New Century CIL: Interview with Amy Beck, Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living from Michele Martin on Vimeo. Another video in our ongoing series of interviews on entrepreneurship in centers for independent living. In this session, we talk with Amy Beck, Executive Director of the Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living.

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Friday Link Round Up: Coaching

June 30, 2017

Coaching can be an effective way to provide low-cost, high-impact professional development. Here are some tools to get you started. Coaching Readiness Questionnaire–Use or adapt the individual questionnaire to determine if someone is ready to participate in coaching. Coaching: An Action Guide for Nonprofits–From CompassPoint, this xplains the benefits and basics of coaching. An Action […]

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Friday Link Round Up: Co-Creating the Future

June 23, 2017

In this week’s post, we’re riffing off an article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review on best practices in breakout innovation and co-creation. Creating Breakout Innovation–Nonprofits, community groups, and philanthropists are embracing cocreation as a way to engage a wider community in tackling pressing problems. But only a small percentage of these efforts are resulting […]

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Friday Link Round Up

June 16, 2017

This week we’re sharing some miscellaneous links: Why You Should Care About Bots If You Care About Social Justice–Bots are all over the news lately and it turns out that when it comes to advocacy and social justice, we should be paying attention, as this article from the Ford Foundation points out. 199 Amazing Free […]

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Friday Link Round Up: Board Resources

June 9, 2017

This week, we’re sharing some Board resource links: Catalytic Questions for Generating Board Conversations–How could you use these questions to generate new discussions with your Board members? The Importance of an Annual Board Retreat–Some excellent advice on why and how to use annual retreats to re-engage with your Board. DIY Make a Bylaws Cheat Sheet–This […]

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Friday Link Round Up: Strategic Alliances & Restructuring

June 2, 2017

One way for organizations to expand their impact is through strategic alliances and restructuring. Here are some resources to check out: Nonprofit Collaborations–Why teaming up can make sense. The Power of Possibility: Board Openness to Strategic Alliances and Restructuring–A report on survey results from BoardSource benchmarking current attitudes and behavior related to strategic alliances and […]

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Friday Link Round Up: Fee For Service

May 19, 2017

This week we’re sharing links on fee for service resources. Understanding Fee for Service Models (PDF)–This guide covers types of fee for service models and implications for decision-making. 9 Tips to Better Nonprofit Pricing–Nine pricing tips that simultaneously generate higher revenues and growth. Best of all, these tips emphasize the importance of better serving customers […]

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Friday Link Round Up: Lean Startup

May 12, 2017

This week’s links are about the Lean Startup model and how it can be used in nonprofit settings. How to Build a Lean Nonprofit at any Stage of its Lifecycle–Lean Startup is about creating entrepreneurial ventures quickly and efficiently. This article walks through how nonprofits can adopt lean methodologies in any stage of their lifecycle. […]

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