The Most Important Leadership Trait You Need To Succeed

I’ve long suspected that the most important leadership trait you can have is curiosity. A Price Waterhouse Cooper study now confirms it. Here’s why curiosity is so valuable and how you can become more curious.

A nonprofit president told me how his organization went from fully funded to financial crisis in a matter of days. The organization raised several million dollars a year to support it’s programs and services. They had

The Most Powerful Thing You Can Say—Is Nothing

Most leaders are skilled communicators. By that I mean they are good talkers. Communication is so much more than words. Sometimes the most powerful thing a leader can say—is nothing. Silence has a habit of revealing meaning. 

The ability to speak effectively is a strength worth developing. Through words, I help people learn, grow, and achieve results. I teach groups and lead workshops by telling stories and explaining. I coach individuals by asking questions. I lead my organization by casting vision, encouraging, and directing.

However, in my desire to communicate effectively, it’s easy to over-rely on words. A well-placed pause or an extended silence, especially after a powerful question, can

How Would Your Ministry Do On Nonprofit Shark Tank?

If your ministry were to appear on a nonprofit version of Shark Tank, would it get an investment from a Shark? Most nonprofit workers can’t answer the 7 questions entrepreneurs often face on the show. How about you?

SHARK TANK – Barbara Corcoran, Daymond John, Mark Cuban, Kevin O’Leary, Robert Herjavec and Lori Greiner are the “Sharks” on ABC’s “Shark Tank.” (Photo courtesy of ABC/Patrick Ecclesine)

The small business entrepreneurs who appear on the reality TV show Shark Tank are passionate about the product or service they have created. Often it doesn’t make business sense, and the Sharks spot the weaknesses.

People doing nonprofit ministry are also passionate about what they do to help people. How well would your ministry stand up in a nonprofit version of Shark Tank?

Why You Need To Risk Failure To Succeed

I’ve noticed that many leaders, rather than trying to succeed, are trying to not fail. Doing so keeps them from achieving the personal and professional success they are looking for. Here’s why you need to risk failure in order to succeed. 

After yet another basketball game loss, the boy told his Dad, “It’s okay Dad, we knew we’d lose so we weren’t really trying anyway.” The boy and his team knew how to protect themselves, if they didn’t try hard, they didn’t really fail.

It’s not just kids who protect themselves from failure. How about…

3 Things You Need To Run A Successful Coaching Practice

I equip people to use coaching skills. Most of these people coach as part of their leadership roles – supervisor, pastor, executive, mentor, parent – but some want to generate income with their coaching. Here are 3 things you need to run a successful coaching business. 

It’s a myth that a person can become a professional coach, move to Hawaii, and coach a few people a day from the beach. For one thing, the beach is far too noisy for coaching. 😉

As with most professions, in coaching, there are a few people making a lot of money and a lot of people making a little money. Here’s the truth:

How The Structure Of Nonprofits Limits Growth

A bottleneck is a limitation is the system. In nonprofit organizations, that bottleneck is its financial structure. For some nonprofits, moving some of their services from a Donor-Subsidized model to a Client-Paid model will greatly increase their impact.

In 2004, when I began training nonprofit workers in coaching skills, I used a Donor-Subsidized model. We charged reduced fees to attend our events, so I needed to raise money to cover the substantial remaining costs.

Clients found our coaching training life-changing and recommended it to others. Soon

Stop Telling People What To Do

Telling people what to do feels like we’re in control. Plus, we’re being helpful. But it doesn’t often work. Let’s explore 4 reasons telling people what to do doesn’t get things done – and what to do instead. 

Your colleague is making little progress on a project. You know how to do it, so you try to help by telling him what he needs to do next. Things will now move forward at lightning speed because we’ve clearly instructed him, right? Not likely.

My Best Advice On Choosing a Coaching Training Program

I’ve spoken individually to hundreds of people about choosing a coaching training program. The process can be confusing because of so many options, approaches, and ways of describing programs. Here is my best advice on choosing the right coaching training for you.

6 Tips To Choosing A Coaching Training Program

Every coaching training program highlights their own advantages. This makes it difficult to compare various programs apples-to-apples. I want to clear up some of the confusion and give you 6 tips to choosing the best coaching training for you.