Friday Link Round Up

by Michele Martin on September 29, 2017

This week, a miscellaneous round up of links.

Should You Agitate, Innovate or Orchestrate?-A framework for understanding the roles you can play in a movement for social change.

5 Social Media Trends That Will Have Maximum Impact in 2018–It’s not too early to start thinking about your social media strategy for 2018.

Staying Productive: The Power Hour Method–Power Hours can help you and your staff get more things done.

These “To Do List” Methods Will Help You Finally Get Organized–Experiment with one or more of these methods to get more done.

How Nonprofits Can Use Text Messaging–Text messaging can be a great way to engage with a variety of stakeholders. Here are some potential strategies.


Friday Link Round Up: Meeting Design

by Michele Martin on September 22, 2017

Meetings are one of the main ways we engage with staff and board members. In this week’s Round Up, we share resources to use for more effective meeting design and facilitation.

Emerging Leaders Playbook Toolkit–The toolkit includes highly practical meeting facilitation “recipes” to help build skills in managing self, teams, and organizational culture.The facilitator agendas are designed for beginner or novice facilitators.

Mind Tools Team Management Tools–Mindtools is a robust collection of resources to increase productivity, improve management and leadership skills, and support organizational development initiatives. This section includes templates for meeting processes.

Teampedia–This collection includes many useful team building activities, icebreakers, teamwork resources, and tools for teams that want to improve their collaborative processes, including meetings.

Lucid Meetings Agenda Templates–Lucid Meeting is a collaboration and meeting platform. The template library consists of facilitator agendas for a wide range of meeting types.There is also a useful section of virtual meeting templates.

Sharing Knowledge Wiki-This wiki was created by The ICT-KM group of the CGIAR and other partners to catalog and document processes for nonprofits that want to share knowledge across partners doing development work. The facilitation methods are participatory. Each method provides step-by-step instructions, examples, templates, and additional reading links.


Friday Link Round Up: Advocacy and Communications

September 8, 2017

It’s Friday! This week we’re talking advocacy and communications strategies. The Back of the Envelope Guide to Communications Strategy–Use these four questions to develop communications strategies that move from awareness to impact. Creating an Effective Call to Action–Tips from 9 nonprofit communications professionals for crafting better CtA’s. Make a Difference for Your Cause in 3 […]

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Friday Link Round Up: Working with Boards

August 25, 2017

This week we’re sharing some resources on working with your Board Secret to Getting Boards to Address Critical Issues–From the Melos Institute, this article offers some strategies for dealing with “elephants in the room.” How to Build an Effective Board–Tips to ensure that Board Members are engaged, fully participating, and the team operates at optimal […]

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Friday Link Round Up: Reflection

August 18, 2017

It’s easy to get caught up in constant action and “to do” lists, but pausing for reflection is an important aspect of organizational effectiveness. This week we’re featuring some links that will help you up your reflection game. After Action Review–A step-by-step guide for conducting a review following a major project or event. Want to […]

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Friday Link Round Up: Peer Learning Communities

August 11, 2017

One of the most powerful ways to grow skills and connections is through the development of Peer Learning Communities. These can happen within an organization, across CILS, or within a regional area with related agencies/organizations. Here are some links to get you started: Communities of Practice: Learning as a Social System–An excellent introduction to the […]

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Friday Link Roundup: Professional Development

July 28, 2017

This week we’re sharing some professional development resources. Nonprofit Ready–Free online training for nonprofit professionals in key nonprofit occupational families, The Emerging Leaders’ Playbook–This playbook is designed for those emerging leaders who want to hone their leadership skills and have more meaningful impact on the issues and causes they care about. On-the-Job Development Opportunities for […]

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Friday Link Round Up: Succession Planning

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 […]

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Friday Link Round Up: Wellbeing

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 […]

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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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