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Stay On Top Of These Four Trends

Stay On Top Of These Four Trends

We can’t control many of the factors that dictate whether, say, revenue rises or not. However, solid organizations control what they can.  One of these things is an awareness of the environment. Here are four trends in America that are worth considering as we launch into the new year:

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It’s The Most Wonderful Week Of The Year (for fundraising)

It’s The Most Wonderful Week Of The Year (for fundraising)

Dear Executive Directors, Nonprofit Boards and Development Staff, use the week between Christmas and New Years to get on the phones.  Keep your organization in the top of their minds. Do it not just for the money, but because it deepens the relationship with those already supporting you.  It is the right thing to do. 

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How To Understand Independence Day

How To Understand Independence Day

We, as individuals, are supreme.  When we wave that flag and light that firecracker we proclaim our individual right to liberty and to pursue – beyond the constrictions of our birth, our gender, our race, our economic status – a life of meaning and purpose. Independence Day is about the liberation of the individual.  This is worth celebrating every day of the year.

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We Only Get One Chance To Make A First Impression

We Only Get One Chance To Make A First Impression

First impressions are more important than we think. And as market research tells us, a negative impression is 8x more powerful than a positive one. Thus the critical moment in any interaction with a potential client comes in the blink of an eye. You may not make the sale in those first few moments, but you can easily lose one.

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The New Diversity Of Diversity

The New Diversity Of Diversity

Our freshest employees bring a deeper yearning for the type of diversity that goes beyond the usual parameters.  Just when we thought we had a handle on managing young employees, a new crop emerges to challenge us in more complex ways.

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Social Media Suicide

Social Media Suicide

By now we’re well versed in the hazards of social media.  If you need a refresher, just Google the names Gabriella Pasqualotto, Justine Sacco or Anthony Weiner. Just half of employees report that their workplace has rules about social media use at work   If our organization does not have such a  policy, we’re at risk for public shaming, litigation and security breaches.

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