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Nonprofit board structure

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Last month we looked at the eight critical functions of an effective nonprofit board. This article will focus on the various types of boards one often encounters and the type of board that is more effective for a given organization. Organizations go through stages of development, and their boards evolve as well, often belatedly. Since… Continue Reading Nonprofit board structure

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Focusing on ‘big rocks’ achieves goals

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How’s this for a reality check — we’ve already gone through nearly an entire quarter of 2012. You probably started January with some business goals in mind for the year. Have you made any progress in these first three months? If not, you need to focus on the big rocks. If you’ve never seen this… Continue Reading Focusing on ‘big rocks’ achieves goals

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Let’s talk information architecture

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Right now I’m working on a website that had grown “organically” (which is a polite way we Web designers describe sites that are huge because of the random addition of content with no information structure in place). Seriously, this site makes no sense. I have just found six pages of identical content, and 65 directory… Continue Reading Let’s talk information architecture

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The fog of ObamaCare: The good and the bad

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For more than three years now, business owners and managers have faced increased costs and uncertainty, along with threats from the Obama White House. It’s been the case with taxes and regulations. And the groups or industries in the crosshairs include energy companies, private investors, banks and other financial institutions, as well as the health… Continue Reading The fog of ObamaCare: The good and the bad

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Utilities gamble might be community’s loss

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If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen. Chefs know that. Perhaps politicians and public officials should learn from them. In a news release about a new technology to sequester sulfur dioxide from coal-fired power plants, Scott Hente, chairman of the board of directors for Colorado Springs Utilities, said: “This is great… Continue Reading Utilities gamble might be community’s loss

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Social networks as the new leadership?

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More than 75 million people — and counting — around the world have viewed “KONY 2012,” the video about the horrific treatment of children in Africa. Social networks provide leadership across the world, raising global awareness. You might say, “That’s great, but what does this have to do with leading our businesses?” Everything. Social networks… Continue Reading Social networks as the new leadership?

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by Jonah Lehrer, c.2012, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt The painting you hung on the wall near your desk relaxes you. Looking at it reminds you of a happy memory, and you wonder how the artist managed to create such a vivid emotion with colored goo. It’s pretty amazing, and it makes you wish you could paint like… Continue Reading Book review: “Imagine: How Creativity Works”

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The most rewarding part of owning a consulting firm has been helping business owners improve their companies and see tangible results. On the other hand, the hardest part has been meeting someone who had allowed problems to progress to the point that their business was in desperate trouble. In many cases, it was questionable whether… Continue Reading Don’t ignore your business’ danger signs — get help!

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Getting the kinks out

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Imagine a nice piece of lumber — strong and dry, ready to be of service in any construction project. It’s strong, and it will be strong every day. Good ol’ reliable lumber. Now cut that lumber on an angle and add a bracing plate. It’s still strong, but it’s not as strong. Now replace the… Continue Reading Getting the kinks out

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Entrepreneurs have the courage and ability to seek out, identify and capitalize on opportunities. At the same time, of course, entrepreneurship is not easy. It comes with assorted challenges, like staying focused on the customer, finding the right employees, keeping costs under control, innovating, gaining access to necessary credit and capital, and dealing with government.… Continue Reading Congressional bipartisanship that works, Part II: Crowdfunding

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