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Where Have All Our Leaders Gone?

Posted By Laurel Westmoreland, Education Associate, Friday, April 21, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Whether you’re thinking about succession planning specifically or leadership development in general, statistics highlight the growing need for nonprofits to prioritize staff training and development in order to cultivate the strong nonprofit leaders of the future.

 Take, for instance, this highly helpful--and wonderfully illustrated--information from University of San Francisco that looks at why nonprofits are facing a leadership drain and how organizations can best prepare for it.

 Content and infographic originally published by University of San Francisco

 


What Statistics Show About Nonprofit Succession Planning

There is a decline in the number of leaders in nonprofits as a result of employees leaving their organizations to work elsewhere or retire. About 50 million jobs are estimated to become available within the next 10 years starting in 2012. Of these new openings, around 62% will be due to retirement.

To this day, the top organizational concern among nonprofit leaders is still the challenge of finding fresh manpower to fill vacated leadership positions. Nonprofits also see a 43% increase in the availability of jobs in C-level positions including CEO, CTO and CIO—positions that require specific skill sets and work experience.

Challenges That Nonprofits Face

Other than manpower, about 40% of nonprofit organizations believe skill gaps in the workforce can make finding the right match for the job a challenge. About 43% of these organizations expect an increase in the need to train incoming employees to make them suitable for their future jobs.

Qualities of the Best Nonprofit Leaders

The unique needs of nonprofit jobs require a unique set of qualities for future leaders. These qualities include:

  • Willingness to collaborate within all levels of the organization
  • Commitment to the mission of the nonprofit and capability to understand its role in attaining its broader goal
  • Intelligence, perceptiveness, trustworthiness and persuasive abilities
  • Proactive and passionate about the role of nonprofits
  • Patient, adaptable and inspiring
  • Excellent skill level and experience in finance and executive roles
  • Capable of encouraging open communication among co-workers and partners
  • Ability to promote strong teamwork
  • Excellent understanding about the organization
  • Willingness to work with other organizations.

 

At the NLC, we’re here to help you make the most of this opportunity; we deliver professional development and training at every level—from program staff to executive leadership to the Board—through high-quality in-classroom, online, and custom training.

 

Our Director of Strategic Development, Tuesdi Dyer, CFRE helps nonprofits find the best fit for their unique needs with a constellation of custom engagement opportunities at every level.

 

 

 

Tags:  leadership  nonprofit  nonprofit leadership center  succession planning  transition 

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7 Ways to Fascinate in Your Meetings

Posted By Guest blog post by 2017 Leadership Conference Keynote Speaker, Sally Hogshead, Friday, April 14, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, April 12, 2017

 Content republished and augmented with permission

As we countdown to the 2017 Leadership Conference on May 10th at Tampa Convention Center, where we have ONLY 60 SEATS LEFT!, we’re pleased to share another guest blog post from our Keynote Speaker, fascination researcher and expert Sally Hogshead.

 

Imagine this. You’re in a BIG meeting at work.

You speak up to make a point. You clear your voice , and all eyes turn to you.

Suddenly you realize...

...everyone is fascinated. They’re listening to you, impressed by you, and focusing on what you’re saying.

So, how did you do it?

The good news: When you apply your top two Advantages in meetings, you feel more confident, and your listeners will be more likely to take action.

Now, the bad news: Every time you communicate, you’re either adding value or taking up space. Make sure you’re adding value, by applying your top qualities.

Your personality already has what you need to be fascinating and impressive.

Prep for your next big meeting with this quick-n-easy guide.

Then get ready to pour yourself another coffee to celebrate a job well done.

Not sure of your top two Advantages? Everyone who registers to attend the 2017 Leadership Conference will receive a code to take Sally's Fascination Advantage assessment for FREE! Register today!


Be sure to  register now to join us on May 10th at the Tampa Convention Center for a day devoted to authentic solutions for cultivating leadership in a diverse workplace. 

You'll receive a code to complete Sally's Fascination assessment online and come armed with new insights into what makes you unique and valuable in your organization. Purchasing a table for your team will be the most impactful way to explore and begin to play to your team’s individual strengths. Reserve your table here: http://bit.ly/2017LeadershipConf

Individual tickets are extremely limited; we have less than 60 left!

On the morning of May 10th, choose 2 of 6 breakout sessions addressing individual and team development. Then, during the seated keynote luncheon, Sally will dig deeper into your Fascination Advantage, showing you how becoming MORE you is the key to individual and organizational success. 

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

Tags:  fascinate  fascination  leadership conference  nonprofit leadership center  sally hogshead 

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BREAKING: We’re Nearly SOLD OUT as We Reveal 2017 Leadership Conference Breakout Topics & Facilitators

Posted By Jen Dodd, Director of Education & Communications, Friday, April 7, 2017
Updated: Thursday, April 6, 2017

We’re weeks away from our 7th annual Leadership Conference, presented by Bank of America, at the Tampa Convention Center on May 10th and we have ONLY 80 SEATS LEFT!!

After we sold out last year, we reserved the two largest ballrooms and increased our capacity--and we are oh-so-glad we did!

The message for you is: Don’t miss out on your chance to be part of this amazing day of learning and networking under the theme of “Authenticity: Cultivating Leadership in a Diverse Workplace.”

During the seated keynote luncheon, Sally Hogshead will dig deeper into your Fascination Advantages, helping you discover how becoming MORE you is the key to individual and organizational success

In fact, here she is with a personal invitation for you to attend:

And don’t forget: During the morning sessions, you’ll have the opportunity to choose 2 of 6 breakouts addressing individual and team development.

We’re thrilled to introduce the expert leaders who will deliver 4 sessions and 2 panels on topics around authenticity, diversity, and inclusion. We’re working with our experts to finalize sessions descriptions, but we couldn’t wait any longer to announce our facilitators and topics!

NEW FORMAT FOR 2017! A panel of experts will explore what diversity and inclusion look like in today’s workplace, sharing case studies and best practices for building diversity into our workplace cultures as well as navigating common disruptors.

 

John Loblack, Ed.D., is an NLC trainer and principal of Loblack’s Education & Development Seminars. Dr. Loblack will facilitate an interactive breakout session on the role Emotional Intelligence (EQ) plays in successful teams and how to build your own EQ.

 

Michele Norris, founder of Navigen Leadership, will lay out the 5 characteristics of truly authentic leaders and, through interactive exercises, help you understand where you fall on the spectrum of these traits.

 

Christopher Amos, Ph.D., Assistant Vice President of Talent & Organizational Development at GTE Financial, will share case studies as well as tools and resources for moving your organization away from the inauthentic and outdated model of annual performance reviews to a real-time performance management model that maximizes engagement, productivity, and retention.

 

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Margarita Sarmiento, NLC trainer and principal of ITK Consultants, will help you explore the concept of unconscious bias and how that affects your personal and professional interactions every day.

 

NEW FORMAT FOR 2017! A panel of experts will explore generational differences in community service, whether that’s volunteering, serving on a nonprofit board, or advocating.  Our panelists will share their perspectives and experiences as well as best practices and tools for individuals and organizations to identify engaging and rewarding community service opportunities.

What an exciting line up! And, just as they did last year, our breakout facilitators will guide you through creating and implementing your own, individualized Action Plan for putting the new knowledge and tools you’ve gained to immediate use in your personal and professional spheres.

Keep your eye on our web site, weekly e-newsletters (you can subscribe here), and pre-Conference communications to registrants for updates on the room assignments and times for your favorite sessions.


Don’t wait! Register now to reserve one of the 80 seats left, and join us on May 10th at the Tampa Convention Center for a day devoted to authentic solutions for cultivating leadership in a diverse workplace. 

You'll receive a code to complete Sally's Fascination assessment online for FREE and come armed with new insights into what makes you unique and valuable in your organization. 

Purchasing  a table for your team is the most impactful way to explore and begin to play to your team’s individual strengths. Reserve your table here: http://bit.ly/2017LeadershipConf

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

 

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How to Stand Out in 9 Seconds

Posted By Guest post by 2017 Leadership Conference Keynote Speaker Sally Hogshead, Friday, March 31, 2017
Updated: Thursday, February 9, 2017

 Content republished and augmented with permission

As we countdown to the 2017 Leadership Conference on May 10th at Tampa Convention Center, we’re pleased to share another guest blog post from our Keynote Speaker, fascination researcher and expert Sally Hogshead.

You only have 9-seconds to make a meaningful first impression in-person or on the phone. How much time do you have in the virtual world to make your introduction?

Your Personal Brand is your key to standing out in 9 seconds.

Personal brand statements are something easily communicated in-person, but unfortunately unless you can get everyone in a room to “woo” them, you need your online presence to speak for you.

Even before you meet, chances are everyone that you come into contact with has googled you.

Your personal branding is out there for all to see... The good, the bad and the downright embarrassing...

How can you make your online personal brand persuade and influence?

This is where your Anthem comes into play.

You may have heard them called personal brand statement, but we like to call them Anthems. In only two or three words, your Anthem describes how you are different, and what you do best. It’s simple to remember, easy to communicate, and instantly illustrates how you add distinct value.

Think of it as a “tagline” for your personality. Your Anthem is your personal brand statement.

If your personal brand fails to fascinate, you fail.

If you haven’t created your Anthem yet, don’t worry. We’re here to help. 

Team NLC has an active learning culture, so we’re not content just to share Sally’s excellent content; we’ve been digging in deep ourselves.

For instance, we’ve all taken the Fascination Advantage assessment and discovered that our team is composed of five different Personality Archetypes:

  • Our CEO Emily is the Avant Garde. Her advantages are Prestige and Innovation.
  • Director of Strategic Solutions Tuesdi Dyer is the Connoisseur; with advantages Prestige and Passion.
  • Education Associate Laurel Westmoreland in our Rockstar; her advantages are Innovation and Passion.
  • Operations Manager Lorraine Faithful is the Good Citizen, with advantages Trust and Alert.
  • Director of Education and Communications Jen Dodd is the Intrigue. Her advantages are Passion and Mystique.

Our next stop was creating our own brand anthems, which Sally describes like this:

So at our planning retreat, we spent some time on group and solo brainstorming, and then each presented our brand anthem to the team. We found that completing this sentence suggest by Sally helped us narrow our focus:

I am the ideal person for this opportunity because I deliver [insert your Anthem here].

  • Emily delivers Creative Results.
  • Tuesdi brings Unconventional Insight.
  • Laurel contributes Unfettered Idealism.
  • Lorraine generates Reliable Information.
  • Jen fosters Insightful Innovation.

What will your brand anthem be? 


Be sure to register now to join us on May 10th at the Tampa Convention Center for a day devoted to authentic solutions for cultivating leadership in a diverse workplace. 

You'll receive a code to complete Sally's Fascination assessment online and come armed with new insights into what makes you unique and valuable in your organization. Purchasing a table for your team will be the most impactful way to explore and begin to play to your team’s individual strengths. Reserve your table here: http://bit.ly/2017LeadershipConf

Individual tickets are limited.

On the morning of May 10th, choose 2 of 6 breakout sessions addressing individual and team development. Then, during the seated keynote luncheon, Sally will dig deeper into your Fascination Advantage, showing you how becoming MORE you is the key to individual and organizational success. 



THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

 

 

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