Tag Archives: Productivity

Feeling Stuck? Here's How To Figure It Out

How To: Figure Things Out When You’re Feeling Stuck

I can clearly remember the times in my adult life when I felt stuck and unsure of what to do next. It happened during my senior year of college while on the job hunt, and then again a few years later when I decided to change course in my career. There were even moments in between, where personal and professional concerns overlapped all at once (and yes, I’m still working on those).

I’m going to bet that you’ve felt stuck at some point too – because the feeling is a frustrating but very normal occurrence. Continue reading

Migrating to a New Data System? What Leaders Say vs. What Staff Hear

“Our organization is transitioning to a new system in the next few months.”

When a nonprofit leader first utters these words, it can turn our worlds upside down. Sure, you’ve heard the terms ‘CRM’ and ‘Sales force’ before. You may even have friends who mentioned similar instances happening at their organization. Now, it’s your nonprofit’s turn to take the leap. Continue reading

10 Tips As You Approach Your Annual Fundraiser

It’s finally spring and for many of us, things in the sector are beginning to slow down. As warm weather settles in and we start leaving the office earlier, it feels like we can FINALLY relax.

But this is only true for some of us. For others…it’s gala season. Continue reading

5 Excel List Nightmares Any Nonprofit Employee Can Fix

 

No matter which department you work for at your organization, chances are that Excel spreadsheets have touched your life in one way or another.

 

If you’re like me, then you’re eager to dive into that world of cells and formulas. Or, maybe you dread it each time you see an email request with a .csv or .xlsx attachment. Continue reading

Remember These Truths Next Time You Deal with Customer Service

“Please hold while I put you in touch with our next available representative.”

If you’ve ever had to call an airline carrier, your insurance company, or cable service provider, then you’ve heard this line before. We all have. Continue reading

The Power of Data, Part 2: How Data Can Benefit Your Career

As a nonprofit employee, I am a big believer of data.

Spreadsheet addiction aside, it’s an incredible thing to be able to apply metrics and research to inform a larger strategy. Data has real implications for the social sector and a nonprofit’s ability to create impact.

Yet while the global potential for data is huge, this potential also exists on an individual level.  Continue reading

The Power of Data, Part 1: How Data Can Benefit Your Nonprofit Organization

I am a huge data nerd and the people at my job know it.

It’s not so much about the numbers (math was never my strong suit), but it fascinates me that we can capture bits of information, crunch, dissect and organize it, and use that to build a bigger picture. I’ll gladly spend hours over a spreadsheet than on Facebook any day. Continue reading