Reframing Your Perspective: A Positivity Experiment

Throughout my life, I’ve been told that the formula for success was “hard work”. See, I come from a background where hard work was celebrated as was the grind. Life, as explained to me by my parents and their parents (and I can only assume influenced by THEIR parents and so on), is a struggle. … Continued

Ep 97: Mission Alignment and How to Keep Creativity in the Ecosystem With Teague McDaniel from Creative Integration Initiative

There’s a saying in sales, “‘No’ is the second best answer you can hear.” There’s a certain power in “no” and getting to that “not interested” allows everyone to move forward and get on with their day. This holds true in the nonprofit world as well. Understanding one’s mission and selecting partners that are mission-aligned … Continued

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Perspective Switches: Money and Value

I had the great pleasure of taking a walk in the woods than having dinner with Clayton Olson the other night. (Next time’s on me, amigo!) We shared a fantastic, deep conversation on a wide range of topics. Many moments stand out but one was particularly great and I thought I’d share it with you … Continued

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Struggle is Part of the Process: Embracing Coaching

My buddy (and amazing coach), Jeff Kinsey, and I had dinner last night atop a pile of rocks in the woods. We had a glorious view of the Indian Peaks range, west of where we live along Colorado’s Front Range. I always enjoy my time with Jeff because he is not only a great listener … Continued

Ep 96: Your Numbers Tell a Story: Understanding Nonprofit Finances with Stephen King

Storytelling is a major component of any organization’s marketing. People love a good story, and effective storytelling can make the difference between gaining that new donor or falling short on your projections… again. More often than not, when looking for a compelling story, one overlooks a glaring opportunity in one’s organization. See, when telling a … Continued

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Falling Up: Failure Breeds Growth and Learning to Celebrate

Leaders are an interesting lot. Collectively, we have all had a LOT of success in our lives, so we tend to have the mindset that success is not only inevitable but that it’s expected. This contributes to a couple of challenges. 1. We rarely celebrate wins. 2. We tend to think we’re going to knock … Continued

Episode 95: Reframing Costs As Investments with Alex Romero

When spending money on one’s organization, it’s pretty easy to fall into what I call the “cost trap”. Particularly when one is a solopreneur, there’s a tendency to think of expenses as money coming out of one’s pocket instead of as an investment into one’s organization. It stems from adopting a scarcity mindset (rather than … Continued

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Working with Thought: Noticing Is the First Step

On any given day, each of us has over 6000 thoughts run through our heads. From productive to unhelpful to silly, we all have thoughts. It’s natural to get distracted by one’s thoughts. I know I do. And here’s the deal… …when you notice that you are having a thought and control your relationship with … Continued

Episode 94: How to bring DEI training to the masses with Maren Miller and Nikki Murillo from Building Bridges

In the past, one’s “elevator pitch” lasted 30-60 seconds. There was a reasonable expectation that one could hold someone’s attention for that period of time during which a longer conversation could be created. These days, however, 30-60 seconds is an eternity. In the world of TikTok and Snapchat and Twitter, we now have roughly 7 … Continued

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Authenticity in Relationships

I’d never heard of Pigeon Pit before about 5:15 in the morning, August 9th, 2022 when Aaron Wrixon told me I needed to get my ass to Mars (Denver) that evening to check them out. I spent the next half an hour listening to their unique brand of bluegrassy, punky, stickin’ it to the man … Continued