Tag: Leadership + Team

Clarity creates trust
“Unclear or incomplete requests, offers, and commitments are often the source of unintended breaches of trust.” —Charles Feltman
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Culture guides success
“Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” —Peter Drucker
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Start at the epicenter
“When you start anything new, there are forces pulling you in a variety of directions. There’s stuff you could do, the stuff you want to do, and the stuff you have to do. The stuff you have to do is where you should begin. Start at the epicenter.” —Jason Fried
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What lies within us
Last week our team launched a lustrous, new Virtuous website. It was a tremendous labor of love. At times it was heavier on the labor and lighter on the love 🥴 …but I am incredibly delighted with the outcome of our efforts.  I am beaming with pride and overflowing with gratitude...
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The show doesn’t go on because it’s ready
“The show doesn’t go on because it’s ready; it goes on because it’s 11:30. This is something Lorne [Michaels] has said often about Saturday Night Live, but I think it’s a great lesson about not being too precious about your writing. You have to try your hardest to be at the top of your game and...
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Imperfect action > No action
“If we wait for the moment when everything is ready, we shall never begin.” —Ivan Turgenev I was reminded (and inspired) of these words by the work of my friend Meena McCullough. It takes courage to take those first steps. Always.
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People first, always
“Sometimes the most ordinary things could be made extraordinary, simply by doing them with the right people.” —Elizabeth Green
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Finite thinking vs infinite mindset
When we play to win in a game that has no finish line, there are consistent consequences. So, are you trying to win? Or are you playing to stay in the game?
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Be the person you’d want to work with
There are all kinds of ways to organize a team. In my experience, groups that invest in growing together, encouraging one another, and holding each other accountable create better products and more fulfilled human beings. Granted, this is easier said than done. We people are like labyrinths and often...
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What’s not going to change in the next 10 years?
I very frequently get the question: “What’s going to change in the next 10 years?” That’s a very interesting question. I almost never get the question: “What’s not going to change in the next 10 years?” And I submit to you that that second question is actually the more important of the two. You can build...
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Jim Collins on motivating people
“Don’t first sell people on a vision.  Confront the reality (the facts).  Don’t decide first and then appear to discuss.  Have a true dialogue, then decide.  Don’t make progress toward the goal invisible.  Show progress, make it obvious.” – Jim Collins
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The full cost of a low price
“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.” – Ben Franklin
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Pete Carroll’s three rules for successful teams.
“(1) Always Protect the Team (2) No Whining, No Complaining, No Excuses (3) Be Early” – Pete Carroll
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A good outline for any talk or article
Tell a story  Pose a problem   Offer a solution  Show examples Call to action
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The holy grail of fundraising
It costs more to get a new donor than to keep an existing donor. The holy grail of fundraising is not acquisition—it’s retention. 
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