Some of you may know me as the Salesforce Admin-ing, spreadsheet loving, systems thinking author behind this blog.
But that’s not all I’ve done. In my youth, I’ve spent time as a detective, mermaid and ballerina. And just a few years ago, I also moonlighted as a resume writer.
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Got a tech need at your nonprofit that goes beyond your skillset?
Then a volunteer engagement is likely on your mind. And what a great time for it! There are tons of tech wizards (many remote) wanting to save the world, and a bunch of websites for finding them.
So I’m not here to rain on your parade. Get that [tech thing] built/migrated/implemented!
But keep in mind that tech volunteer projects are uniquely complicated. Where there’s great reward, there’s also some risk. And we need to talk about it.
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Gang. I’ve learned a ton working as a database admin.
Obviously, there’s the technical stuff I never thought I’d ever know. Like what it takes to build a Salesforce flow, the difference between coding languages (ish), and even how an API works.
Not that I could tell you what API actually stands for.
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Losing traction on a project? You might actually be able to turn things around.
Imagine this. You’re the lead on a major tech project that’s been underway for a while – like a CRM implementation.
All of a sudden, things stop. Decisions aren’t being made. Your Director’s not committing to a contract. All that work, basically frozen in time.
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To anyone who’s ever had a project unexpectedly lose momentum – let’s chat.
Imagine this. You’re the lead on a major tech initiative, like evaluating a new CRM.
You pour your heart into the research. You spend hours watching demos. You come up with a spreadsheet comparison – or eloquently written Word Doc proposal – to share with your Director.
Then, crickets. And you’re left wondering where you went wrong.
This is a common narrative in the sector. Whether you work in programs or technology, projects can seem to go full steam ahead before coming to a sudden, screeching halt.
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Yup! You can deliver bad news in a way that still leaves everyone feeling good-ish.
Aw, sugar. That’s my first thought anytime I’ve got bad news.
If you’ve ever had to deliver bad news to a colleague, you know it’s a delicate dance. No one wants to hear that they can’t have what they want. Especially in tech!
But sometimes, this is the nature of work. When you’re beholden to a group of stakeholders, be they staff or other constituents, you can’t make everyone happy all of the time!
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