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July 11, 2014

These days, we’ve been spending a lot of time with exhausted leaders. Our experience usually goes something like this:

A highly talented and productive CEO (or Program Director or Associate Director) of a nonprofit shows up to our meeting feeling defeated, exhausted, and burned out. She has too much to do and not enough time to do it. She feels guilty taking time off of work because things are just “too crazy” right now. She is still running on fumes from preparing for and pulling off a presentation at the very last minute. Her voicemail is full, her email is full, and she complains about spending her days putting out fires. She isn’t sure there is an end in sight, yet after venting for a bit, she pauses and says, “But, at least I’m getting stuff done!”
 

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Lyn Freundlich
July 8, 2014

We’re pleased to share this guest post from colleague organization Third Sector New England, in which they share findings and recommendations from their recent, regional compensation study, Valuing Our Nonprofit Workforce 2014: A Compensation and Benefits Survey of and for Nonprofits in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Adjoining Communities. 

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JR Yeager
July 1, 2014

This week CompassPoint says goodbye to our colleague JR Yeager who has worked with CompassPoint and our clients for the past 15 years. We’ll miss him, his deep expertise and diplomacy in guiding organizations through executive transitions, and his very crafty sense of humor. Below is his farewell blog.
 

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Marissa Tirona
June 14, 2014

One of my great joys right now is coaching my eight-year-old daughter's soccer team.  It is also my greatest trial, and, surprisingly, the struggle is not teaching them how to play soccer.  Rather, the challenge is helping them move through conflict when they have difficulties in working together.  
 

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Marla Cornelius
May 27, 2014

In this blog, CompassPoint governance consultant Marla Cornelius emphasizes that the board chair’s most important role is not just knowing what to “do” to manage the organization’s board, but more importantly how to “be” a facilitator and lever of organizational change. 
 

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Amy Benson
May 21, 2014

In the winter of 2011, I was a woman on a mission. It started with a personal realization that I’m a bit of an avoider when it comes to uncomfortable conversations. According to the communication books and classes I was taking, I could learn skills to help me share my perspective, even when I was worried about the consequences. Speaking up sounded much more empowering than staying quiet, and I wanted to live a totally new authentic life starting immediately.
 

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Marissa Tirona
April 15, 2014

Last September, I wrote a blog about the connection between self-care, sustainability, and impact. Among other things, I discussed how unconscious habits could hinder our self-care and offered some ideas and thoughts on creating an individual practice of self-care. In this post, I want to reflect on what collective self-care practices need to be put into place within our own organizations to support sustainability and deepen impact.   
 

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AimeeInglis
April 10, 2014

Aimee Inglis is the Member Services & Volunteer Coordinator at Tenants Together, a California statewide organization for renters' rights. She trains volunteer counselors and manages the Tenant Rights Hotline, coordinates social media and online organizing efforts, and recruits new volunteers. Aimee was formally trained as a community organizer through the Midwest Academy's Organizing Intern program.
 

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JR Yeager
March 31, 2014

JR Yeager specializes in executive transition management, succession planning, and executive search. This blog addresses what anyone considering becoming an interim executive director (ED) should know about this fast-growing profession. It is the third in a series of blogs about the role and advantages of interim leadership. Read JR’s previous blogs in the series: "Interim EDs: Making a Good Thing Work for You” and “Top 9 Tips for Working with an Interim ED."
 

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March 12, 2014

In this second of two blog posts on individual and organizational strategy, Shannon Ellis and Marissa Tirona share their thinking about the intersection between organizational strategy and power. In Part 1, “On Purpose: Aligning Individual Purpose and Organizational Direction,” CompassPoint Senior Project Director Michelle Gislason discussed the connections between personal purpose and organizational direction.
 

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