What do you need?....a one hour brown bag seminar?...a 90 minute conference breakout?.....a half day workshop or even a full day seminar.  I will meet you needs for content that gets your people thinking about how they can do their work bigger, better, faster, cheaper.

Guaranteed to get you thinking in new and creative ways.  The idea for many of these offerings were born in conversations with nonprofit managers trying to find ways to boost performance without spending a lot more money.  Evaluations prove that these interactive workshops will get you doing business differently.

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Restore Funding
How To Think About Fiscal Sustainability
Where Did The Money Go?

Proving Your Program A Good Investment

You Can Measure Your Success

Reinvent Programming
Creating Great Family-School Partnership
Sustaining Consumer Involvement
Introduction to Logic Models

Rejuvenate Performance
Leading Meetings That Get Results:
Lighten Up! :Adding energy to your meetings
Avoiding Death By PowerPoint

Rekindle Leadership
How To Be A Great Board Member
Leading A Strengths-Based Organization (coming soon!)
Managing Growth Transitions

Revitalize Careers
Creating The Enthusiastic Employee
Why Employees Don’t Do What They’re Suppose To Do
Diversity In Depth

How To Think About Fiscal Sustainability:

Four key elements to securing your future

Sustainability is not limited to fundraising.

While fund development is a crucial part of all long range strategies, sustainability encompasses much more than the source of the next dollar.  A true sustainability plan also includes strategies for getting more out of each dollar we have. Many opportunities exist through building new business partnerships as well as restructuring for efficiency. This can free up substantial resources that we can use to fund critical activities.

This session presents a clear framework for helping you think through all the elements that make up a successful sustainability plan. Those organizations that develop the capacity to think strategically and produce comprehensive plans will certainly be in a much stronger position to survive the uncertainties of the current economic and public funding environment.

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Why Employees Don’t Do What They’re Suppose To Do:
and what to do about it

"My employee is simply an idiot! I told him what to do!” The manager in this case might want to take a step back and consider why people don’t do what they’re supposed to do. Unmet expectations often lead to frustration, bitterness and recriminations. It need not be that way.

Built upon the multi-decade research of Ferdinand F. Fournies, this session explores some of the 16 reasons why staff or volunteers are not fulfilling expectations. Participants will learn that failure of employees to implement expected duties is primarily an issue of management rather than employee performance.  In this session, participants will identify some of the major barriers in addition to tips for applying the learning for rapid progress.

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Creating The Enthusiastic Employee

The trends are disturbing: after 30 years of incremental improvement in employee satisfaction, the past 5-6 years have witnessed a rise in disengagement....with an alarming rise in the past two years.

Research shows over 60% of our workforce is now of the Take It Or Leave It type.  They are competent and reliable, but not enthusiastic about their work.  This is a huge waste of talent and of missed opportunity. We are not fully tapping into their creativity and knowledge.  This session shows you what makes for a highly enthusiastic employee and what you can do to turn your staff from good to great.

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Sustaining Consumer Involvement:
We know what works

One of the core tenants of Total Quality Management is that ‘consumers define quality”.  This philosophy is behind the push in the past three decades to get end users more involved in the design and delivery of our services.

But the track record of consumer involvement in human services and education has been spotty at best. Thus we are missing out on key information that can help us produce better outcomes in our work.  This session shows participants how to tap into the powerful information consumers bring to the planning and delivery process.

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Diversity In Depth: 
New trends in mobilizing inclusion

For decades, the concept of diversity has embraced race, gender, ethnicity and most recently sexual orientation.  Now leading thinkers are going deeper to document the competitive advantages gained from working with a broader understanding of diversity.

Organizations that expand their concepts of diversity are showing growth in staff retention, volunteer recruitment and fund development.


Leading Meetings That Get Results: 

The Art of Planning, Organizing and Facilitating Great Meetings

In the past 25 years, the average time managers spend in meetings has nearly doubled from 8.2 hours/wk to 16.1 hrs/wk.  However, survey after survey documents that these same managers consider half of these meetings to be a totally unproductive….that’s one entire workday lost each week!

The answer may be The Action Agenda.  This seminar will introduce you to the Action Agenda format designed to keep a meeting focused upon the necessary decisions, discussions and actions.   The Action Agenda is a powerful tool guaranteed not only to get more done, but also to increase attendance since people want to come to highly productive meetings.

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You Can Measure Your Success
Whole Enterprise Evaluation
Adapted from three decades of research by Donald Kirkpatrick, Ph.D., who introduced a framework for evaluating programs, this introduction to Kirkpatrick’s Four Levels of Evaluation allows nonprofit managers and other professionals to answer the question, “What should we be measuring?”  The session will cover:
  1. Participant satisfaction in service
  2. Knowledge transfer to participant as a result of service
  3. Change in behavior in participant as a result of knowledge transfer
  4. Impact upon community as a result of change in behavior of the participants
Organizations that can show results at all four levels are in a better position to get their share of dwindling resources.

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Proving Your Program A Good Investment:
A Framework for Return On Investment

What is it that funders want to see....outcomes, outcomes, outcomes.  But as times get leaner the successful nonprofit will also have to show the dollar value of those outcomes.....what did a unit of improvement cost?  In this way, policy makers can decide where to send money in order to get the most bang for the buck.  If you can't show this then you're at risk of getting left out. 

In this session we'll help you take your measurable outcomes and align them with program costs. With some simple formulas you'll be able to show funders how a single dollar produces 3....5....even 15 dollars of value to the community

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Where Did The Money Go?
A new way of looking at how we spend our resources

One of the master intellects of the 20th Century, Nobel Laureate Milton Friedman, developed a framework for examining efficiency from the standpoint of the incentives that govern the use of resources, particularly money.  His matrix considers two factors; Who Pays The Costs? and Who Gets The Benefits?

This seminar will provide tools to understanding what drives spending decision within an organization.  In addition, discussion will focus upon some creative strategies for developing incentives that can reduce costs while increasing both quality and quantity.

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Introduction to Logic Models

Experts agree, creating Logic Models is an skill nonprofit managers must have in the coming decade.
This session offers instruction on creating rudimentary Logic Models for those who are new to the concept.  The Logic Model is an effective way to explain to potential friends and funders what resources you have, what you are going to do and what impact you will have.  This exercise is valuable to anyone at any level of organization as it aids in understanding the scope of your work.

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Lighten Up! :
Adding energy to your meetings

Meetings should add energy to your motivating and increase enthusiasm.   However, research tells us that most volunteers, clients and staff consider meetings an energy drain.  While content is critical, you can  get your meetings off on the right foot with some short introductory activities. This session provides information on some new ideas as well as time to priactice one or two of the newest icebreakers and energizers.  Great for brining levity and energy to your meetings.

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Avoiding Death By PowerPoint:
Creating presentations that captivate your audience

One badly designed slide can cause you to lose an audience for bad slide

Eighty percent of PowerPoint presentations contain serious design flaws which ultimately lower the amount of information conveyed.  80% Almost all these flaws can be corrected with just a moments reflection.  This session covers the major Do’s and Don’ts when crafting PowerPoint slides for your presentation.  In addition, a handy checklist is provided so you can review all your work before standing in front of a crowd.

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Creating Great Family-School Partnerships
Five essential elements to ensure success 

With the incredible financial pressures on federal, state and local budgets, the need for education organizations to improve performance is only going to increase.  Schools as well as Head Start and other Pre-K efforts will have to ramp up their effectiveness.

Countless studies demonstrate that students with parents actively involved in their education at home and school are more likely to earn higher grades and test scores, enroll in higher-level programs, graduate from high school, and go on to post-secondary education.  Parent engagement is critical to creating the measurable outcomes that will attract funding.

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How To Be A Great Board Member
Especially No

In his writings over the years, Peter Drucker  "the father of modern management" frequently asserted that the most underutilized resource in any nonprofit is the Board of Directors. We’re good at recruiting and getting good people around the table, but are we getting the most out of their abilities, interests and connections?

This session is designed for volunteer board members and nonprofit managers to help maximize the enormous of amount of talent already present in our communities.  A high functioning Board will increase fiscal stability, program efficiency and ultimate impact upon community needs.

“I gained critical knowledge plus a better perspective on the roles and  responsibilities of board members of a charitable nonprofit. Highly recommended!” 
Alfred Jones
CEO, Centre County Community Foundation

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Managing Growth Transitions:
What Successful Organizations Know
About Navigating Growing Pains

Each year brings the creation of  30,000 to 60,000 new nonprofit organizations in the United States…..97% of them are gone within five years.  Why?

Each stage of growth brings with it great possibilities for growth along with hidden traps for destruction.  Understanding the hazards is as important as recognizing the opportunities.  The ones who survive and thrive are those organizations with eyes wide open who understand and navigate the transitional stages from Birth to Maturity.

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