How the Lessons of Range Apply to Nonprofit Organizations

Brittany Quinn The book that has stayed with me the most this year to date is Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World, by David Epstein. While I have always assumed that the “10,000-Hour Rule” (attributed to Malcolm Gladwell in Outliers) meant that we need to have hyper-specialized experts in order to succeed, Epstein…

The Founding Fathers Write a Grant Proposal

Nonprofits must continually innovate, right? Innovation often means coming up with new sources of funding, which can feel like an overwhelming and discouraging task. New grants for new projects can be the toughest nut to crack. Here’s a funny bit of historical rhetoric on the topic…thank you Jan Masoaka and Blue Avocado for this gem!…

Handling Interruptions in Meetings

One of the challenging and uncomfortable situations in the workplace, is handling interruptions in meetings in a professional manner. Forbes referred to two types of interruptions: Collaborative interruption: when someone jumps in to express agreement or reinforce and expressed idea. Intrusive interruption: an intrusion that changes the subject, redirects the discussion, or hijacks the conversation…