My Unexpected Lesson at 15,000 Feet

I begin today’s post with a brief tale...of what could’ve been a foul, horrific experience for us all. It happened early on during a flight home on Southwest. Just as we got to about 15,000 feet, a man a few rows in front of me (in Row #3 to be exact) well…let's just say he lost his breakfast. Loudly. With no bag in sight to catch anything. It went somethi...
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What Great Leaders Know About Screwing Up

I’m not going to lie. I’ve screwed up a lot in life. I’ve made all kinds of mistakes – both stupidly mild and fairly serious. I’ve forgotten the names of people I know and pretended to know people I’ve never met I’ve said the wrong thing -- or done the wrong thing – and hurt people’s feelings I’ve crashed cars and parked illegally I’ve spent too much m...
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How Strong Leaders Solve Their Big Problems

Running an organization is not an easy thing. I did it for seven years and know for a fact it’s actually a hard, messy, emotional thing. It is also, of course, fulfilling and satisfying. But that last part was easy to forget when I was running things, especially when it came down to budget season. I hated budget season. Most nonprofits do. I went through i...
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