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Making Time for Board Service

I was at a dinner party recently where the guests were primarily business owners and senior leaders. One of the guests was talking about her board service at a local nonprofit and how rewarding it was for her. Several other guests chimed in about their board membership and the benefits reaped from that effort.

However, one guest – a very busy and driven business owner – politely, but firmly contested that, “Board service is great and all, but I’m way too busy to volunteer my time because I have more important things to do like run my business.”

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Mom Advice That’s Also Business Advice

As we just celebrated Mother’s Day, I thought it would be a good idea to reflect on the wisdom of moms and the life lessons they teach us. As I get older, I realize that a good deal of the little sayings and comments my mom provided to me all those years ago have become quite useful to me – in intended and unintended ways. In fact, as a business person, I often think back on what she said to me and see obvious connections to the work I do.

Recognizing Employees without Breaking the Bank

Survey after survey about employee retention identify key factors to keep employees engaged and motivated. Primary solutions focus on equitable compensation, robust benefits, a safe and nurturing environment as well as a supportive boss. Said a different way, good organizations should concentrate on the following three key questions in addressing how they will attract and retain the best employees:

How to Work With Your Banker Amidst Change

In the past, nonprofits tended to be asset rich with limited need for credit. Times have changed, however, now that constrained governmental funding, and lower charitable contributions are continuing for the foreseeable future. No banker wants to be the bad guy or to say no to an organization that is doing good work in the community, but a nonprofit borrower that starts to struggle can fall quickly from an acceptable risk to an unacceptable risk, threatening the viability of the organization and the essential services they are providing to the community.

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Saving Green by Going Green: Home Edition

As many of you may know, April is Earth Month. Last year at this time, I wrote a blog post about how businesses can save money by going green. I thought I would bring it closer to home this year by providing some tips about how to save money by going green when you are not at work. Of course, there are literally thousands of ways to save money through “greening” one’s residence, but I would like to point out some less obvious ideas.

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