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Finally! A real page-turner for rapid growth

Finally! A real page-turner for rapid growth

I’m happy to say my new bookThe High-Growth Nonprofit is hot off the press.

I kicked off the book’s launch on the Nonprofit Radio yesterday by noting why reading the book makes sense for nonprofit leaders everywhere:

  • It features proven steps to quickly double your revenue and drive impact
  • It includes tips plus the mistakes, lessons learned, and successes of others
  • It’s guaranteed to be worth the cost (it’s free)

The High-Growth Nonprofit, by Matt Scott: Get your free copy!

The High-Growth Nonprofit, by Matt Scott: Get your free copy!

Nothing centers your focus on things you’ve learned in your career like writing a book about them.

Unless you launch into some stream-of-consciousness, rambling mumbo jumbo, it forces you to categorize your knowledge into specific chapters that make sense.

But within each chapter, it’s easy to succumb to the notion that future readers will hang on your every word, even if it’s Gone With the Wind, Volume II. They won’t.

So you have to be succinct enough to get to the actual heart of the matter, even if there seems to be many hearts of many matters. I had to follow my own advice: Be decisive—pick something and run with it! (Thank you, page 49).

I learned these things (and others) while writing my book, The High-Growth Nonprofit.

The Strategic Plan: What It Is and How to Build It in Days, Not Months

The Strategic Plan: What It Is and How to Build It in Days, Not Months

So it’s time for strategic planning—the process that typically involves three to six months of meetings and splinter groups and task forces.

And just what is a strategic plan?

Typically, it begins with comprehensive agendas ruling the day, along with copious note-taking and prolonged brainstorming that drifts off-target. The management team tries to assess the organization’s position using market data and employee feedback and a SWOT analysis.

How the Right Consultant Can Help You Fix Your Strategic Planning Process

How the Right Consultant Can Help You Fix Your Strategic Planning Process

Whether developed annually or every three to five years, a strategic plan involves lots of time and money. Three to six months is the norm for, say, mid-sized nonprofits, while the average price tag in outside fees and inside labor can range well over $200,000.

So what’s the purpose of this costly endeavor?

Well, the standard answer may be that it’s a roadmap for organizational growth. Or, it’s a blueprint for achieving long- and short-term goals.

How Our Team’s Experiences Shape Our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

How Our Team’s Experiences Shape Our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

For many, the end of a year brings opportunity for reflection, followed by resolutions to guide the months ahead. Perhaps you’ve got a new practice or habit in your life you plan on starting. Maybe you have a word that will guide your decision making over the next 12 months.

At CauseMic, we’re moving into the new year with increased resolve to strengthen our existing commitment to making our world a more just place to live in.

Years ago, with a vision of assisting nonprofits to become fully funded, CauseMic was founded by two women of color and me.
 
We knew we wanted a socially eclectic team, giving us the benefit of divergent views when seeking new business opportunities and dealing with clients of varying makeups.
 
So we hired accordingly. Today, diverse hiring remains a core pillar of CauseMic and a critical component of our success to date.

Leadership Lessons From a Champion, One-Handed Rock Climber

Leadership Lessons From a Champion, One-Handed Rock Climber

When you surround yourself with good people, whether you hire them or hang out with them, you can’t help but want to discover the best version of yourself.

For me, I enjoy learning from people smarter than me or drawing comfort from those who walk in similar shoes or being inspired by victors over enormous odds.

Building a Culture of Original Thought

Building a Culture of Original Thought

Forget about brainstorming. 

The telegraph was just fine, until Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone. So were covered wagons for cross-country travel, until George Stephenson’s successful train. And after that, the Wright brothers’ plane.

The point is, the status quo is only good enough until someone’s bright idea for improvement takes hold. I don’t mean Apple’s greedy fascination for making whatever iPhone I have obsolete.