At a recent 5 Good Ideas session of the Maytree Foundation, the amazing Uzma Shakir challenged the audience to have disruptive conversations. To identify words whose meaning we have been taking for granted even though they are often used to mean something they are not. My word for today is “democracy.” Like many of you, … Read more
This board role was established for the volunteer officer who had custody of the funds and handled all financial transactions, with board approval as needed. And if your Treasurer is still making bank deposits and paying invoices, stop reading – you need that role. Most all-volunteer or very small organizations do. Even if a bookkeeper, … Read more
Many thanks to colleagues who suggested I post this explanation.
Are you robbing people of reaching their highest potential by using words that reduce their energy, creativity, curiousity and enthusiasm? Are you reducing their chances for finding and implementing the best possible solutions to their challenges? I’ve banned three such words from my vocabulary, and there are some others I’m working on but still slip … Read more
From childhood, we hear the word risk only as a negative – it’s risky to cross the street, talk to strangers or ski into trees. As adults and organizational leaders, we hear lawyers, insurance brokers and accountants speak of minimizing and mitigating against risk. Risk is BAD. Yet in our personal lives, we often ignore … Read more