Free Lunch: Free Online Tools to Make your Life Easier

They say there is no such thing as a free lunch and, in the world of sandwiches and timeshares, that’s almost always true.  However, when it comes to the internet, you can still get a free lunch every once in a while.  We use a number of free (or near free) tools to simplify and enhance things in our office.  1)  LogMeIn...more

Why I love the Olympics

I know.  I know.  Another Olympics post.  I just can’t help myself.  I’m hooked. ...more

Missing the Medal Podium - Social Media and the Olympics

If there was even the smallest bit of doubt remaining about social media’s ability to touch even our most hallowed institutions, the 2012 Summer Olympics has certainly dispelled it. ...more

The Millennial Dream

Newsweek just published an article referring to millennials as “the screwed generation.”  It talks about the perfect storm of baby boomers staying in the workforce, the recession, and plain old bad timing all descending upon the millennial generation and creating the notion that, for the first time in American history, we might not be able to build better lives than our parents did.  They have unpleasant statistics…...more

Who Has it All?

Who Has It All?Anne-Marie Slaughter’s article in the July/August issue of the Atlantic entitled “Why Women Still Can’t Have it All” was a good read and the latest in a long line of discussions on this topic.  As I read it, it occurred to me that perhaps we’ve made too many assumptions over the years about what “having it all” really means....more

Invest in Efficiencies - Save Time and Money

Invest in Efficiencies - Save Time and Money  You know the adage….time is money.  But how often do we translate that to our staff time?  Do they spend their time running around town on daily errands, being bogged down in day to day tasks, or building member value on higher level projects?  Often in the not-for-profit world, we spend a great deal of time trying to save a dollar, when we are actually spending much more in staff time to the detriment of our members. ...more

5 Social Media Lessons I Learned from my Mom

  My mother is not a big social media user.  In fact, I’m fairly certain that her internet use is confined to occasionally entering sweepstakes and spying on my sister through Facebook.  But what she lacks in social media savvy she more than makes up for with homespun commonsense wisdom that can often go forgotten in our increasingly loud, complicated and fast paced digital world. 1)  Kill them with kindness...more

While you were sleeping... Facebook changed your E-mail Address. Change it back.

While you were sleeping… If you are like most people, you don’t spend a lot of time studying your Facebook profile.  Even if you are internet security minded and Facebook savvy, there just isn’t a whole lot of need to review your own information.  Well, that’s how they got us! Sign into Facebook right now and check out your e-mail address.  Its not .edu or .gmail anymore…It’s  T...more

Is Your Board Focused on How or Why?

I’ve had several conversations over the past week that reminded of a pivotal distinction between effective boards and ineffective ones – those that focus on “why” and those that focus on “how.” Answering the “why” question is a board’s essential function.  It is the direction-focusing, vision-setting, clarifying statement about what the organization stands for and does, and what the outcomes of its efforts will be. ...more