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    DBD PODCAST: FALL FORWARD PART 3

    Posted by DBD Team

    Leaders of non-profit organizations across the country have faced tough questions about how to successfully navigate disrupted plans and services due to Covid-19.  How do you lead with confidence in times of uncertainty?  How do you support your team, reconnect with your "why", and move boldly towards positive change and opportunity?  

    In the Fall Forward DBD Podcast series, Jon Simons interviews leaders about how they were able to innovate and serve their community during the pandemic.

    In the third and final part of the series, Jon Simons interviews founder and DBD Group President Bruce Berglund.

    In this twenty-one minute episode, Bruce gives insights into how he was able to stay connected and provide unwavering service to clientele in midst of a crisis, move with confidence despite the uncertainty of the times, and support his team.

     

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    Topics: Nonprofit Leadership, Podcast, Feasibility, Nonprofit Staff, Big L Leadership, DBD Axiom, The Dip, Nonprofit, community, Covid

    DBD PODCAST: FALL FORWARD PART 2

    Posted by DBD Team

    The pandemic has made strategic planning a challenging prospect for organizations across the country.   Many teams have had to revisit their mission, vision, or even their values.  Pre-Covid plans no longer fit the times and leaders have had to take a fresh look at community needs.  Given the current landscape, how do we "fall forward" with purpose and planning?    

    In part two of the Fall Forward DBD Podcast series, Jon Simons interviews executive coach and fellow DBD Group partner Kellie Wardman about strategic thinking and planning for the modern era.

    In this seventeen minute episode, Kellie shares insights about how leaders and teams can get unstuck and take new, energized approaches to thinking and planning for the future.

     

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    Topics: Strategy, Podcast, Planning, Big L Leadership, Nonprofit, Preparation, community, Covid

    DBD PODCAST: FALL FORWARD PART 1

    Posted by DBD Team

    Covid-19 disrupted plans and services for non-profit organizations across the country.  Many programs had to be re-conceived and significant changes were made under pressure.  With these unprecedented circumstances, some significant lessons were learned and in some cases, opportunities occurred.  What creative problem solving arose for leaders and teams and what new community partnerships emerged?  

    In the Fall Forward DBD Podcast series, Jon Simons interviews leaders about how they were able to innovate and serve their community in challenging times.

    In part one, DBD Group's Jon Simons interviews Justin Ihne, CEO of YMCA Plattsburgh in New York.

    Justin shares insights into how he and his team were able to choose "creation" over "crisis", pivot, and deliver exceptional service to their community.

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    Topics: Podcast, Ymca, Big L Leadership, Family YMCA, Nonprofit, Collaboration, partnership, Covid

    DARE TO LEAD

    Posted by Jan Brogdon

    Those who know me, know I am always on the hunt for a good book. Recently, I had a chance to read a particularly great book: Brene Brown’s Dare to Lead.

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    Topics: Leadership, Book Club, Big L Leadership

    BET ON THE JOCKEY

    Posted by Bruce Berglund

    Part of our work and counsel with our clients is to conduct feasibility studies. We have the opportunity to visit with 25-30 top community leaders and philanthropists, asking them about the image of the non-profit, the proposed plans and who might help raise money and/or be donors of the vision.

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    Topics: Leadership, Big L Leadership

    HIDDEN AGENDAS

    Posted by DBD Team
    Our board just isn’t a fundraising board.

    We hear that feedback from nonprofit leaders – both staff and volunteer – nearly every day. Whether it’s said with regret or with frustration, nonprofits, schools and churches are clearly puzzled as to why their board seems disengaged or focused on less-important minutiae.

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    Topics: Volunteer Leadership, Art Of The Ask, Volunteer Management, Endowment, Campaign Leadership, Annual, Capital, Big L Leadership

    MAKING LEADERSHIP LESS LONELY

    Posted by Bruce Berglund

    One of the more interesting trends we’ve noticed in capital campaigns is a shift in leadership structure. Instead of individual chairs, we’re commonly seeing co-chairs, tri-chairs, honorary chairs and more. While this may seem like a suspect idea at first – if everyone is in charge, no one is in charge – it turns out to work really well in this critical volunteer capacity.

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    Topics: Leadership, Campaign Leadership, Volunteers, Big L Leadership

    SHIFTING SANDS

    Posted by Bruce Berglund

    As I look at our feasibility study data over the last several years, I see a theme emerging. Many of the nonprofits we worked with used to be supported by “Class A,” powerful boards. These boards represented the best leadership their communities had to offer. But over time, the sands have shifted and their boards are no longer as effective as they used to be. Why is that?

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    Topics: Volunteer Leadership, Board Development, Nonprofit Leadership, Big L Leadership

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