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Secret Weapon of Relayed Information

After years of service and good work, he said goodbye to the team, closed the door, and left the office for the last time. Institutional Memory Lately I have witnessed several organizations experiencing a planned change in leadership, or in some cases, unplanned turnover. Some have struggled, some have not.  A secret weapon for combatting slowed momentum in these transitions lies in the continuity of information, the consistency of planning and activity, and in short, institutional memory.   One only understands the magnitude of this phrase when faced with a substantial situation. Imagine a significant setback in institutional memory when it comes to your key fundraising activities - your major donor program, your annual fund program, your fundraising and friend raising events, or your planned giving program. These prove the most important and productive funding relationships for your organization.  Serious examples of this dilemma include leadership transitions involving positi ...

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Christian Radio’s Precious Cargo

“If that gets the tiniest scratch, I’ll never hear the end of it!” Standing atop a long, narrow staircase, holding one end of a heavy, awkward China cabinet, I received this warning… Helping move my friend’s precious possessions just got a little more serious. It is serious. Whether it is heirloom furniture or the delicate balance and performance of an organization, the same holds true. Anytime we move an important, valued thing from one point to another, we want to accomplish the goal and avoid damage – at all costs. Over the last several months, the Listener-Supported Radio Station Outlook study was conducted by Advocace, in conjunction with Christian Music Broadcasters. This research identified and highlighted some themes that resonate with this analogy. Leaders of Christian radio stations work hard to move their organizations from one level to the next, but the fears of a “scratch” in terms of personnel, donor-perception, CUME, format changes or measureable outcomes can hinder their attempts to be inn ...

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You Can Do Anything If…

The 18 mile marker came into view at the same time my right leg locked up.  Then the same with my left.  Still 8 miles to go in the Pittsburgh Marathon and this setback wasn’t in my race plan.  Time to make a decision?  No, I had already made it months ago during training.  I would finish—I just had to keep going. You can do anything if you can just take one more step. Recently, I talked with a Major Gift Officer that I coached for several years.  He is now in a new role, and our topic was motivation.  Enthusiastically, he shared his new mission with me.  In development, motivation is critical—for ourselves and for our donors.  It may be simple, but it cannot be overstated.  Two of the biggest reasons why development professionals fail are:  Inactivity and mission misalignment—or lack of motivation and lack of belief in the mission.  A focus on attitude and activity can make all the difference. Attitude and Activity Determination and persevera ...

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Adventure: The 1.5 Million Dollar Lost Gift

On an adventure, things don’t always go as planned, but that is the point where the adventure begins… When the donor called to tell me that he was cutting us off from his $1.5 million gift, it first felt like I was falling off the edge of a cliff.  But, as the dust settled over the next few weeks, it was more like being one of those guys who parachute off of mountaintops – and safely land with a rush of adrenaline. He “expressed” himself all over the phone.  I decided to simply take my beating.  I fought the urge to correct him, to tell him what I knew, and to fix the situation from my perspective.  But, it wasn’t an issue with my perspective.  In fact, it was all about his perspective – you and I both know that.  This was a monumental, Mt. Everest-sized issue to him. As my ear burned, I kept listening.  Have you ever been right and wondered why others didn’t “get” it?  This incident was all about a misunderstanding regarding suggestions as to how to handle a planne ...

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  1. Re: Running on Empty—When Summer Funds Run Low.

    I have learned so much from you Dave, and once again am reminded that if God's people aren't aware of...

    -- Susan LeCornu

  2. Re: Running on Empty—When Summer Funds Run Low.

    I have learned so much from you Dave, and once again am reminded that if God's people aren't aware of...

    -- Susan LeCornu

  3. Re: Secret Weapon of Relayed Information

    Great reminder, David.

    -- Ben

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For more than twenty years, I’ve enjoyed building value and increasing results for the organizations I’ve worked with. I am grateful for the leaders and mentors who have invested in me professionally and personally and in the same way, I am honored to encourage others. I admire the ministries we serve and I love helping to fuel their mission to build and care for God’s Kingdom.

I see life as an adventure—family life with my wife and three kids, enjoying God’s creation in the great outdoors, learning something new, or just about anything. I believe that sharing that enthusiasm adds to the success—and fun—in whatever you do.

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