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Avoid Exit Interview Criticism and Miss Valuable Growth Opportunities

“To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.” — Aristotle. Many of us avoid criticism because we’ve had bad experiences in the past. As a child, anger usually accompanied criticism. And I grew up to avoid conflict at any cost. In fact, I purposely tried to be invisible to avoid being noticed or eventually called out.As a leader, if you avoid criticism, you inadvertently avoid creativity, best practice, and even mission alignment. These essential leadership qualities must filter throu ...

How to Move Your Ministry from Struggling to Thriving

You may have seen this scenario. You have two organizations in the same community, serving the same clientele. One is thriving, doing great, everyone knows about them. Then you have the other one. You can tell they struggle daily. What's the difference between the one that's thriving and the one that's not? Watch this video for insight into the difference between ministries that struggle and those that thrive. After watching the video, let's talk. Just request your Free Coaching Call >> ...

How to Build an Awesome Ministry Team Like Jesus

In order to build an awesome ministry team you’ve got to understand your team. Jesus did this so well. Watch my two-minute video to see other ways that you can build a great team like Jesus did.

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5 Ways to Conquer Data Overload, Part 2

In my last blog, 5 Ways to Conquer Data Overload, Part 1, I gave you the first three ways to prioritize and funnel your data. Here are two more helpful ways that you can build relationships with people who care about your vision.4. A super sleuth volunteer makes a great friend.A retired executive taking care of an aged spouse needed a break from her day to day caregiving. With a confidentiality paper in one hand and a short cultivation list in the other I asked her to help me get these folks in ...

5 Ways to Conquer Data Overload, Part 1

Data. Database spreadsheets, donor lists, research files, plans and actions. You know all this information will help you in achieving your donor relations and financial goals, but you feel way overloaded. Where do you begin? When does it end? How are you going to find time to study all this? And get all of your other work done? Help is here, my friend. Prioritize and Funnel Your Data1. Prioritize those who already love your organization and invest in you consistently.We usually want to take the ...

“Chicken Dinner Fundraising” or "Mission-Driven Investment”

One very important aspect of Christian Ministry is being relevant to the people in your community. Watch my 1 minute video below and hear me explain why. Then, leave a comment below sharing how you’re being relevant to your community. Or you can always give me a call at (419) 450-5895 or send me an email. We can talk about your vision for your ministry and how you can be more relevant to the people in your community.

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The Right Tool Supports Your Major Gift Success

Shy and unassuming, this husband and wife accepted my invitation to meet over dinner to discuss the work of my organization. I would never have asked this couple to dinner if it had not been for wealth screening. They did not give major gifts. They gave small gifts, every so often. Only after I had screened a list of names did I find that this couple had the potential to support my ministry in a big way. Advocace’s DonorCompassSM wealth screening tool helps you effectively pursue potent ...

How to Find Joy in Everyday Life

Do you love what you do? Let me ask it this way. It’s Sunday evening and as the night draws to a close, you have a slight twinge in your gut. Nothing anyone would notice, but you. You shut your eyes to ponder on this next week. Tomorrow’s workload, the people interactions, the conflicts, maybe even the berating—all contribute to that gut feeling. A colleague looked me straight in the eyes and said, “How can you be so happy?” This professional had the same title as ...

The Value of Planners and Procrastinators This Holiday Season

ProcrastinatorYou know who you are. Christmas is only a few days away and you haven’t even purchased your gifts. To justify your lack of planning you say to yourself, “It’s been a busy time!” (By the way, December 25th comes the same day every year). You have proven yourself talented and smart, and achieve good results at your job. However, for some reason, this time crunch always sneaks up on you.PlannerOn the other hand, maybe you’re one of those glorious planners who, by the time Thanksgiving ...

I Like You, Not Your Organization

People relate to people. God made us to connect with each other. This became extremely clear as I chatted with a supporter over salads at a warmly decorated café. We discussed what my organization was achieving, and inadvertently, I kept expressing the organization’s name—as if the building achieved accomplishments. The supporter looked at me, knowing the hard work all of the staff provides and corrected me. She said, “I like you, not your organization.” This supporter loves the work that the or ...

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