During my commute, I'm currently listening to the audiobook version of Steve Chandler's "The Hands-Off Manager." One of the metaphors from the book resonated strongly with me and I'd like to share it with you.Chandler talks about how managers (and people in general) have a tendency to cling to the past. Rehashing mistakes, beating ourselves and others up for things that happened in the past and retaining stress from past events.He uses this illustration. Pretend you're going on a trip and … [Read more...] about Letting Go of the Past to Move Forward in Your Nonprofit Career
Andy Stitt, creator of the new "WordPress for Nonprofits" podcast, kindly interviewed me for a recent episode. I'm thankful to Andy for the opportunity. He makes giving an interview so easy, with his gentle and curious demeanor.In his own words:"WordPress for Nonprofits is an interview podcast, where guests include nonprofit employees and consultants. Topics include:Why the guests chose WordPress for their website(s) Content management workflow Favorite WordPress themes and … [Read more...] about Check out the new “WordPress for Nonprofits” Podcast!
A few years ago, I started an online WordPress Community through the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN). NTEN is the membership organization for nonprofit technology professionals.I've been an NTEN member for 12 or 13 years (I've lost track) and early on, there was always a large Drupal component in NTEN's programming. Drupal online community, Drupal Day at their annual NTC conference, etc. I knew there had to be other WordPress users in the larger NTEN community, so started to rally … [Read more...] about Online WordPress Community
To my delight, I attended WordCamp Pittsburgh (the first ever!) on September 17, 2016.First, let me say that Melinda Helt's organizing skills are phenomenal. I organize the Bayer Center's annual TechNow conference and I know how much work is involved to make that kind of event happen. What she pulled off starting from zero is amazing. She put together a fantastic organizing team, found lots of sponsors, speakers and a ton of volunteers, a great venue and made it all come together. Kudos to the … [Read more...] about What I Learned at WordCamp Pgh
Anxiety? Huh? I must confess that I'm feeling some discomfort writing this post because it's unusual for me to put my personal "stuff" out for public consumption.That being said, I'm writing this about an issue with which I've been dealing for this past year and if I can help others who are experiencing the same, that's a good thing. (And I've volunteered to be interviewed for Beth Kanter's upcoming book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit, this being the topic I hope she's let me talk about.)The … [Read more...] about 4 Tips for Managing Anxiety