Category: One-on-One Advising

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Client Success: Thriving in a New Leadership Role

Client Vision Alix Dunn sees a future in which activists receive relevant support for technology use, when they need it most. Client Result Starting Point:  Alix, a social entrepreneur in the data and tech space, was transitioning from working as co-director of her NGO, the engine room, to being a solo executive director. Consultation:  Through a series of phone calls, I helped… Read more →

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The Visionary’s Path

Sometimes I’m too wordy by half. Here’s a quick visual summary of how I take my clients from vision to practical next steps.  It’s a one-on-one consultative process that often takes as little as an hour. More details on this process are available here. First Comes Vision Picture of the Future that you want to achieve Motivation that lights an enduring fire… Read more →

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How to Move from Vision to Action

Your vision for social change is big and bold and beautiful. It isn’t rational or logical, it’s emotional.  It’s a picture of the future that lights a fire in your heart and inspires you to move forward. How do you get from that big vision to practical action? My coaching method involves two core elements to move clients from vision to… Read more →


Client Success: LANORA Software to Help Nonprofits Use Data

Client Vision Mike Amegashie sees a future in which nonprofits create greater impact by effectively using data to improve their results and demonstrate those results to stakeholders. Client Result Starting Point:  Mike, a civic tech entrepreneur, had made great progress in developing LANORA, a software tool that allows nonprofits to collect data and track outcomes.   Yet he was having trouble recruiting users to test early versions and give… Read more →

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Client Success: “Disabled for a Day” Advances

Client Vision Crystal Liston sees a future in which all candidates for public office in the US participate in Disabled for a Day. Client Result Starting Point:  Crystal, a disabilities activist, wanted candidates to spend a day with a disability to increase their empathy with disabled constituents, yet she hadn’t taken action to make that happen. Consultation:  I facilitated a 1-hour Vision-Roadmap-Action meeting… Read more →

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How to Clarify Your Vision for Change

Imagine this: Going through family papers one day you find that there is a small piece of land once owned by a distant relative that is now yours.  After the initial shock, you become curious.  You decide to visit the property. It is close to where you live, so you decide to drive. You exit the city center, pass the outer residential… Read more →

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Helping a Nonprofit Streamline its Commmunication Processes

The Everyday Work of Communication Strategy Strategy is a goal and a plan for how to get there.  Though strategy starts big-picture, it is implemented through day-to-day work.  For example,  if a communication strategy calls for the frequent creation of Facebook or blog posts, an organization may need to create a process for that new content. I’ve been working with the Eurasian Harm… Read more →

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Peer Feedback: Helping Nonprofits Help Each Other Strategically

In addition to providing one-off advice and training, I also provide ongoing support to help organizations and groups work through the complexity of planning and implementing an advocacy project. Sometimes that support comes from me directly, but I also help nonprofits get support from one another.  I designing activities that allow nonprofits to help each other achieve their advocacy goals by providing… Read more →

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Transforming a Nonprofit Website

New Standards in Web Design We used to think of websites as online brochures: low on imagery, high on text.  The assumption behind this style is that people become engaged with a nonprofit through a rational evaluation of facts and information. In fact, visitors are much more likely to feel connected with your organization if they feel an emotional connection to… Read more →