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What the Harvard Business Review has to say about leadership

Ron Ashkenas

Leadership is the secret sauce to all effective organizations, nonprofit or otherwise. How to consistently grow as a leader is one of the most important goals for all nonprofit leaders. But growth in leadership takes time.  My guest today is Ron Ashkenas, the co-author of a new book entitled: ”The Harvard Business Review Leader’s Handbook.” He and co-author Brook Manville provide an excellent guide for all leaders who want to excel in leadership through providing step-by-step instruction, curated best practices and real-life stories of people and organizations that have made a significant impact through their leadership, collected from Harvard Business Review.

As Partner Emeritus of Shaffer Consulting, Ron is a trusted advisor and coach to senior leaders across industries including the nonprofit sector. He has helped leading organizations achieve dramatic performance improvements while also helping CEOs and senior executives to strengthen their leadership capacity.
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How do we increase our impact for social change as Nonprofit organizations?

Ann Mei Cheng

Social change is far more complicated than simply creating a new app. It requires intentionality, listening and collaboration. But change is slow. What if we collectively could exponentially increase our social impact?

My guest on today’s show argues that to increase our impact, we must come up with solutions that are embraced by beneficiaries and include an engine that can accelerate growth to match the scale of the needs. My guest today is Ann Mei Cheng.

She is the Author of “Lean Impact”. Previously, she was Chief Innovation Officer at USAID and Mercy Corps, and served the U.S. Department of State as Senior Advisor for Women and Technology in the Office of Global Women’s Issues. Prior to that, Ann Mei Chang had more than 20 years’ experience as a technology executive at such leading companies as Google and Apple, and she is a keynote speaker who has been featured at TEDx among others venues.

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What kind of impact is the “Age of Automation” that we are living in, having on our Nonprofits?


Beth Kanter is my guest on today’s show. Beth has been named one of the most influential women in technology by Fast Company and is the award-winning author of The Networked Nonprofit books. She is an internationally acclaimed master trainer, blogger and speaker. She has been most recently researching the impact of Automation on the nonprofit sector. This is our focus with today’s show. Thanks for listening!

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How a philanthropic initiative is providing reliable funding to help nonprofits move forward

Risk is a four-letter word for many in the social sector and the nonprofit world. Inadequate planning for risk has derailed many social impact projects and shut down creative initiatives set up to move nonprofits forward. How can the social sector keep impact on track in an unpredictable world? Fast and flexible funding can certainly help.

My guest today is Caroline Bressan, Director of Social Investments for Open Road AllianceOpen Road Alliance is a philanthropic initiative and offers fast funding to nonprofits and social enterprises facing unexpected roadblocks. It made its first grant in 2012 and now offers loans as well.

About Open Road Ventures: http://bit.ly/ORV-FAQ

 

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What does successful leadership look like?

What has made the New York City Marathon the largest and arguably the most successful race in the country? Hint: It has a lot to do with the Director of the Marathon.
My guest today is Peter Ciaccia. Peter is the globally respected Race Director of the TCS New York City Marathon and President of Events at New York Road Runners (NYRR). He has announced that he will retire following this year’s New York City Marathon.
We are excited to have him on the show and share about the secret to his leadership success. Enjoy today’s show.

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Why Building Leaders is Your Most Important Job

Organizations live or die on leadership. As the leader goes, so goes the organization. My guest on the show today knows about the critical nature of leadership. She is Tami Heim and she has three decades of executive leadership in a variety of industries including department stores, specialty big box retailing, publishing, strategic brand development, technology, and nonprofit work.

She currently serves as the president and CEO of Christian Leadership Alliance, where she leads a team dedicated to providing transformation learning experiences for over 6,000 nonprofit leaders and the organizations they serve. She seeks to inspire and engage leaders in higher thinking for greater impact.

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Building a Digital Fundraising Framework

There is no doubt that we are living in a world where technology is ever changing. Keeping up with latest software, newest ap, and most cutting edge technology takes work. My guest today on the show is going to talk about how we can maximize current technology to benefit your organization.

Jesse Lane is the CMO at the technology company called Pure Charity (http://purecharity.org/NLP ). They work with hundreds of nonprofits through their software, donation platform, and they provide coaching to nonprofits on how to grow their organizations through innovation, storytelling, digital marketing, online fundraising, and leadership.

Today, we want to focus our conversation on how nonprofit leaders can build a framework to fuel digital fundraising. And for this show, if you are interested in getting help for your website, they have set up a page just for listeners of my show. Check it out:  http://purecharity.org/NLP .

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What’s the most effective way to alleviate poverty?

What is the most effective strategy to alleviate poverty?
My guest today would answer that very simply: Create Jobs. He would go on to say, creating dignified and sustainable work, is the most effective way to alleviate poverty over the long haul and actually serves as the foundation that brings about transformative change in people and communities.

My guest today is Atul Tandon. He is the CEO of Opportunity International. Opportunity International is a Nonprofit Organization that has been around for 50 years. They support over 10 million from across the world with microenterprise loans, technology and other resources that help them break the cycle of poverty and become prominent business leaders. Opportunity International is active in 22 countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe.

Atul Tandon brings 35-plus years of experience that spans both the For-Profit and the Non-Profit sector. I know you are going to really benefit from hearing Atul share his unique perspective on how to alleviate poverty in some of the world’s most difficult places.

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Fundraising with Social Media

Fundraising and Social Media: Whatever you think of social media, one thing we all know is that social media is ubiquitous in our culture. The question for today’s show is: How can you and I maximize social media for the benefit of our nonprofit organizations? Specifically online giving. How can you utilize social media to increase your funding. My guest on the show today is Claire Kerr and she is here to help answer those questions and more. Claire is the Director of Digital Philanthropy for FrontStream. She has served in senior roles at nonprofit organizations in the economic development, education and health and research sectors. She is dedicated to the positive uses of technology in the non-profit environment.

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How Do You Deal With Succession?

Each year, nonprofit boards of every type, large and small, have to deal with succession. Specifically, bringing in a successor to the founder of an organization. What is the blueprint for a successful baton-pass of succession, whether that be from founder to successor or current director to a new director? Whether you are a nonprofit leader focused on the future of your organization or a donor looking to maximize your investment in your favorite nonprofit, today’s show is for you. Donald Yeh from The Bridgespan Group helps nonprofits create strategies for navigating leadership challenges such as succession planning and scaling impact.

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