Happy New Year! Thanks to each of you for serving your organizations so well this past year!

Using the time between Christmas and New Years to clean up the office, organize files etc. is a ritual for me. Four bags of garbage and two bags of shredding extracted. Oh if it only could stay this clean for the year! 

I’m not one to post resolutions. I guess my resolutions take the form of goals – many are met or partially met. I’ve realized that when I have a laundry list of goals I’m less productive and effective.

This break I was able to read Gary Keller’s The One Thing. This book has challenged me to refocus my efforts as I strive to live a less distracted life. Keller asks: what’s the one thing I can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?

  • Big picture – what’s your one thing to help drive your team to success? 
  • Small focus – what’s your one thing right now?

Having this “one thing” conversation with yourself and your staff team could transform your work and ultimately the impact you are making in the communities you serve.

I suspect our clients might have a few One Thing conversations this year!

So, at the beginning of 2024 – let me wish you each an amazing year ahead.


p.s. We get an extra day this year in our calendars. Yup it's leap year! February has 29 days this year … make it count!



As you start a new year, you might have a long list of work resolutions. We’re not here to add to your list, but to give you some ideas on how to make those resolutions a reality. Why not try something new?




Posted by Bruce Berglund
Bruce Berglund

Written by Bruce Berglund

For nearly 30 years, Bruce Berglund, CFRE, has been a successful professional fundraiser in the fields of higher education, arts and culture, and social services. Bruce is the CEO and Founder of DBD Group (formerly Donor by Design Group), a national firm providing comprehensive fundraising services to nonprofits, churches, community colleges and schools. DBD is currently managing more than $3 billion in capital, annual and endowment campaigns. Bruce is a highly sought-after writer, speaker and teacher.

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