Category Archives: Productivity

When Nonprofit Tech Projects Stall, Part 1: Why It Happens

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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How to Deliver Bad News to Staff Stakeholders

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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How can fundraisers & database managers best work together?

This week, I teamed up with prospect researcher Joan Ogwumike to share tips on what what makes for a great fundraiser/database manager working relationship. Check it out over on her blog, A Researcher’s Diary!

The Trick to Documenting & Explaining Any Complicated Tech Process

You ever find yourself trying to explain something technical to someone, and feeling as if you’re speaking another language?

Good. So it’s not just me.

Being in a technical role, and the only person who understands some parts of that tech, means I get the job of explaining to people why things work the way they do. I’m a nerd about bringing people into my work, so I’m happy to do it.

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10 Project-Management Tips To Help You Work Better with Colleagues

Project-managing and collaboration wasn’t exactly easy before the crisis. So these days, it’s probably feeling even trickier.

Personally, I can spend hours engrossed in a spreadsheet. Or tinkering with Salesforce endlessly.

But there’s an undeniable satisfaction that comes from being able to work with other people, to achieve a shared outcome for your org/mission. It’s a great feeling when it happens.

And when it doesn’t? It’s usually because of a hiccup somewhere in the coordination.

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How to Find a Remote Job during COVID-19

If all this corona chaos is making you rethink your office job, you may now be part of a very large club.

Remote work has grown more popular in recent years. Personally, I don’t know that it’s my preference. Still, none of us imagined that being able to work from home could mean the difference between making a living or being unemployed. Or getting sick.

And yet, that’s the reality so many of us are living today.

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