What does it mean to be civil? Journalist Steven Petrow looks for answers in the original meaning of the word, showing why civility shouldn't be dismissed as conversation-stifling political correctness or censorship. Learn three ways we can each work to be more civil -- and start talking about our differences with respect.

This struck me as something we ought to think more about. It affects how we treat our donors, staff, and colleagues.   Are thoughtful are we civil and what does being those things mean in a modern world. 


Brené Brown studies human connection -- our ability to empathize, belong, and love. In a poignant, funny talk at TEDxHouston, she shares a deep insight from her research that sent her on a personal quest to know herself and understand humanity. As fundraisers, we deal with vulnerability and shame daily just doing our job. We must understand how these affect our donors and us.

What is your work life balance?

Work-life balance, says Nigel Marsh, is too important to be left in the hands of your employer. Marsh lays out an ideal day balanced between family time, personal time and productivity — and offers some stirring encouragement to make it happen.

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Myths and Dark Legends: How Old Conventional 'Truths' About Fundraising are Holding Us Back by Tom Gaffny


Activist and fundraiser Dan Pallotta calls out the double standard that drives our broken relationship to charities. Too many nonprofits, he says, are rewarded for how little they spend -- not for what they get done. Instead of equating frugality with morality, he asks us to start rewarding charities for their big goals and big accomplishments.


How different would your work life be with the demise of the pecking order?

Organizations are often run according to “the superchicken model,” where the value is placed on star employees who outperform others. And yet, this isn’t what drives the most high-achieving teams. Business leader Margaret Heffernan observes that it is social cohesion — built every coffee break, every time one team member asks another for help — that leads over time to great results. It's a radical rethink of what drives us to do our best work, and what it means to be a leader. Because as Heffernan points out: “Companies don’t have ideas. Only people do.”

Watch this video now and force everyone you know to watch it -especially your boss!

Darian Rodriguez Heyman, author, Nonprofit Management 101: A Complete and Practical Guide for Leaders and Professionals & Nicci Noble, president, Noble Services 

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