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Best Ever Ideas for Inspired Board Recruiting

New year, new board members – at least, we know many of you are hoping that is what the new year will bring! In light of that, this month Nonprofit Notes asked four of our contributing authors to share an idea to inspire better board recruiting. In the sections below...

I am firm, you are obstinate, he is a pig-headed fool

In Collaborating with the Enemy, author and facilitator Adam Kahane shares a meaningful anecdote about the challenges of navigating conflict, especially where people have longstanding reasons for distrust and disagreement. In the early 1990’s, as South Africa started...

The Power of Perspective

“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change” – Wayne Dyer Many of us may be familiar with the parable of The Elephant. In the story four people are blindfolded and lead into a room with an elephant. When they come out they are asked...

Navigating Founder Transitions

I was 29 when I co-founded Powerful Voices, and 40 when I left my post as Executive Director in 2006 – a formative 11 years for sure. I remember them fondly as the “blood, sweat and tears” years.  Prior to transitioning out, I spent about 9 months planning,...

To Whom it May Concern

To whom it may concern: As a frequent recipient of innumerable cover letters, I feel certain that you will agree that I am the ideal candidate to author an article on how to write an excellent cover letter. In my vast experience . . . Are you bored yet?  I am! And...