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Helping Leaders Make Good Decisions In An Indecisive Time

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Over the next few weeks, the Average-Leader will try to defer a decision until after the election.  Above-Average-Leaders know that the best time to get an advantage is when others freeze. How do you help Average-Leaders gain an advantage while others stay slow?  Some ideas: Keep leaders focused on their objective, not the distractions.  Many of us believe this election is pivotal, but we more deeply believe that the objective we have in our organizations is of far greater importance.  On the day after the election, the leader will still need to move toward their goals and objectives.  A good question to ask leaders who are caught in pause mode: “If your objective is more important than the election results, what can we do today to pursue your objective?” Recognize the outcome of the election has little to do with short-term issues.  If the leader’s organization needs more income—a very safe assumption—they will likely still need more i ...

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Perfect Timing and the Value Triangle

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Another deadline passed and the manager called to ask, “What do I do with this employee?”  No, it wasn’t the employee’s fault. I know the manager well.  He is a perfectionist.  His staff knows it.  He doesn’t. When he assigns work to a person, he expects perfection and will critique it until it is ‘right’.  HIs staff will make it as perfect as possible, recognizing that deadlines matter less to their manager than perfection.  His staff is proud of their work product, but disappointed that they cannot satisfy their boss’ requirement of perfection. Public Enemy Contrast these two maxims: Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters. The perfect is the enemy of the good. Colossians 3:23 (NIV) Volt ...

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Webinar: Donor Innovation-Technique for Growing and Maintaining Donors

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Over the past year, our Advocace consultants put several innovations to work for our clients with remarkable effectiveness.  We report our discoveries with these innovations in this recorded webinar. With prepared remarks of only 23 minutes, you’ll see ways to grow and maintain donor relationships while increasing response.

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“The only way this station will grow is to go outside these walls."

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We were in one of those tense meetings that is unique to radio stations. The station manager, sales manager and program director looked at the Arbitron numbers and then at the station revenues, provoking the typical high-stress conversation about ratings and revenue. The station manager let the conversation wind its way around and then let the room get a little quiet. He spoke as the colonel in a World War II movie would say, "Gentlemen, this radio station is a great station, but it has problems...and whether we need more listeners or more money, the only way this station will grow is to go outside these walls." Radio is a relationship business. Our Raison d'être is to communicate with an enormous number of people. Outreach is our oxygen. That's what the legendary stations of the 60's, 70's and 80's did well: They engaged listeners in creative ways. The real power of radio is in the number of people we reach every day...and the only way to build that reach is spending time reaching-out into the comm ...

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When can we put the fun back into fundraising?

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The manager was about as stressed out as I've seen a person. "We've got to make this fundraiser work," he nervously blurted.

His desire to do a great job was obvious, but so was his we-have-to-bear-down-on-this approach. He had a deep faith in God's provision, but he also wanted to make sure he was attentive to every detail. Unfortunately, he squeezed the fun out of fundraising.

Givers have great joy so why do the askers have such stress? There are four good things to remember when leading a fundraiser:

  • Approach with joy.
  • Ask with joy.
  • Lead with joy.
  • Live the joy.

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Dancing Queen: Having the time of your life

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Although she loved to dance, she never attended her high school proms. She never expected to be invited by a boy. She heard her classmates talk about the prom, but she never even asked to go, because she knew something. She knew it would be no fun on her own. She knew it would be a bit dangerous for her. She just knew... Now that she attends a community college, she has another chance for a dance. Again, no boy invites her. She knew it might be a bit dangerous for her to go. But this time she takes the chance, because she knew it would be fun to go--even without a date. What's the difference? She knew she would be welcomed. It is truly hard for any of us to go someplace for the first time or do something new. But you really want to go when you know that you're welcomed. The prom for special needs young adults at her community college was built for people like Beth. Whether the kids have Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy (like Beth) or other mental acuity or physical challenges, they knew they would be welcomed ...

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Donor-funded radio and its listeners

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So what is the effect of technology on radio listening to Christian formatted radio stations? Jacobs Media recently released the Public Radio Technology Survey 2008 for its formats AAA, AAA/News, Classical, Classical/News, Jazz/News and News. The survey showed that more of the public radio audience listens to radio daily (88%) than views TV daily (74% than reads an online or print newspaper daily (75%). What of these key findings from the survey resemble Christian formatted radio? Public Radio listeners are very committed to….Public Radio. Television takes more of a backseat as a daily medium for entertainment and information. Internet use is somewhat generational, but hi-speed access is nearly ubiquitous. Public Radio listeners are tuned into the news, as three-fourths (75%) say they read a daily newspaper – print or online. Satellite radio plays a role in the overall media usage spectrum, but is far from a mass appeal outlet. Only one in ten (12%) currently sub ...

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