3 Ways to Ease Into Your Annual Nonprofit Audit

Lorraine Faithful, Operations Manager News, Stories

Is it “annual fiscal audit time” for your nonprofit? It is if your nonprofit’s fiscal year is the same as the calendar year.  If you closed your fiscal year at the end of December, then you are most likely getting prepared for your auditors to examine your financial statements.  This can be a busy and stressful time for you and …

Mind Your Manners (and Other Practical Tips for Calling a Prospective Funder)

NLC trainer, Sara Leonard Stories

Calling a prospective funder shouldn’t just be another phone call to quickly check off your to-do list. At the point of actually picking up the phone, you should be confident the funder is open to your communication (Call Me… Maybe: Determining If You Should Call a Foundation Prospect) and have spent time researching and preparing to make the call (Wait, …

3 Ways Leaders Make Emotional Connections

Scott Edinger, Edinger Consulting Group Stories

When I first started working in then-Big Six consulting firm Coopers & Lybrand, the partner I was assigned to was a gentleman named Chris Abramson, and he had an enormous scale of responsibility. Yet whenever I talked with him, which was not that often, he gave me his undivided attention. He talked with me about my goals and my development …

Beware the “Culture of Nice”

Guest Post by Kathy McDonald, NLC trainer News, Stories

It was important to Melissa* that she create an inclusive culture where all voices were heard. Yet, as a chronic conflict avoider, she was unwittingly building a “culture of nice,” where getting along was valued over getting things done. (*Names have been changed to protect identities.) Neither extreme is helpful.  But Melissa failed to see how her culture of nice …

Reinvent Your Personal Brand

Scott Edinger, Edinger Consulting Group Stories

Like so many of you reading this blog, my “to read” stack is piled halfway to the ceiling. Some books and longer articles that I want to read, and others, that for one reason or another, I need to read. Add to that stack the deluge of emails, daily periodicals, and of course, blogs like Forbes and Harvard Business Review, and I sometimes …

Setting Expectations through An Out of Office Message

Ashley Pero News, Stories

Repost from 2011 — timely given the upcoming holidays! Are you getting ready for some time out of the office? It is important not to forget to set your out of office email and voicemail messages. You can easily set a task reminder for the day of your departure to pop up in Outlook. And, if you do forget it …

And I Think to Myself….What a Wonderful World

Team NLC News, Stories

Every year, Team NLC shares what we’re each grateful for. It’s especially exciting to share this year’s post with you because we have so many new team members and so very much to be thankful for! We wish you and yours a wonderful, restorative, memory-filled holiday weekend.   I am grateful today for life’s teachable moments. After a year like …

Lessons on Leadership from Fantasy Football

Guest post by Scott Edinger News, Stories

Football season is upon us, and while the link between these two may not be obvious at first blush, stay with me for a moment. Before I detail the similarities between these two seemingly disparate topics, it makes sense to highlight my qualifications to do so. I have been playing fantasy football in the same league since 1995, and in …