Dear Executive Director Following a Founder

At least a few times a year, I find myself saying that the hardest job in the nonprofit sector is that of the new executive director following the founder. Having been one (with only limited success), having supported some through different consulting engagements, and having worked with founders and executives at every point in the organizational life[…]

Unsticking Organizational Problems: Try looking through a new window

Sometimes as leaders (and consultants working to help leaders with organizational growth and change), we just feel stuck. Stuck in the middle of a sticky, dense, complex, uncomfortable, irritating, nagging problem that we cannot seem to get beyond. For some reason (usually reasons, plural), this time, we can’t see the components — or the overall, or[…]

Look Up Here, Look Up Here

In the university class I’m teaching (workplace writing for social enterprise), some of mystudents are developing business plans or turnaround plans. Students (and harried executives and perhaps also, ambitious founders) tend to rush toward action steps, milestones, and deliverables. But they’ll arrive faster if they start from a calm, reflective, tough-minded place of strategy. When possible,[…]

Maryland Entrepreneur Expo

A panel discussion on socially-responsible business, impact investing, and possibilities, opportunities, and such at the upcoming Maryland Entrepreneur Expo organized by Maryland TEDCO (Technology Development Corporation).  A week from Tuesday (Nov. 13) at the BWI Marriott. Check it out. Social Enterprise: Doing Well By Doing Good A new movement is rising to bring the innovation and energy of[…]