Over the last few months, I’ve been giving some serious thought to just what the hell I’m doing here. If ...
As someone who writes, thinks, and speaks about work, Labor Day takes a certain significance as a holiday. Its important political roots often get overshadowed by three-day weekend vacations, family cookouts, outlet shopping sales, and festivities recognizing that summer is almost over. (And for the record, I’m not begrudging any of these things…I’m damn happy […]
What moves you to do your best work? To be your best self? Does it come from an internal drive built on pride and desire for improvement? Or does it come from appreciation, encouragement, and kudos from people around you? Maybe it’s the promise of a reward. A couple recent studies seem to indicate that […]
All I can say to this bit of inspiration from Steve Harvey is…damn right. Jumping off the cliff – even knowing you have a parachute – is scary as hell. And I’ll be absolutely candid. I’m still falling, tugging at the ripcord. I’ve been torn up and beaten up on my way down. I’ve experienced things […]
Eventually it happens to all of us when we enter a new organization. Sometimes it takes a few years. Sometimes a few months. For the least fortunate among us, only a few weeks. I’m talking about the waving of a red flag signaling our first WTF experience in our workplace. It’s usually accompanied by a […]
There I floated on my bright yellow raft, not too far away from the dock. It was the first morning of our summer lake vacation and was starting to warm up into one of those typical late July hot southern days. But instead of feeling the peace of being on the water and the relaxation […]
In my home, I’ve adopted a phrase that reminds my family to not just leave their empty cracker wrappers, finished Starbucks cups, and used paper towels laying about the house. That phrase is: Take it all the way home. What I’m hoping is that it’ll be just that little nudge to take trash to the […]
It all started innocently enough. I was having a running series of craptastic days where I was constantly fending off internal threats to my integrity, capability, and autonomy as a digital fundraiser. Where departmental politics was bound and determined to win out over what – at least in my mind – was best for our donor […]
I’m always a little late to the game when it comes to finding good podcasts. However, I have a wife who has a longer commute than me (sorry, honey) and has found podcasts to be a balm to soothe her mind and stoke her intellect while navigating Atlanta’s daily traffic woes. One of the latest […]
We’re taught that in order to be a good person, we should “do unto others as we would have them do unto us.” Don’t get me wrong – being a good person is a worthy goal. However, following the Golden Rule can make you an ineffective (and eventually unemployed) fundraiser.
If we’re to be the hero of our own movie (and we better be) then we’re going to need a theme song to match.