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Workplace Referee-ing: Tips for Navigating Workplace Drama

Workplace Referee-ing: Tips for Navigating Workplace Drama

Dear Marissa, I recently had to break up a workplace argument between two of my best employees.  After things calmed down, we discussed the situation and I was surprised by how different the accounts of each person was.  It was as if they were describing two completely […]

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New Year’s Resolutions: Why Doing Things Because You “Should” Won’t Change a Thing

New Year’s Resolutions: Why Doing Things Because You “Should” Won’t Change a Thing

Dear Marissa, What advice do you have for someone that has a history of making resolutions and not keeping them?  There are so many things that I should be doing, but every year, I struggle to actual get it done. Signed, “Desperate”   Dear “Desperate” So often […]

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Passionista Running Out of Steam: Five Secrets to Enjoying A More Balanced Life

Passionista Running Out of Steam: Five Secrets to Enjoying A More Balanced Life

Dear Marissa, I exert a significant amount of passion and energy in my 3 worlds: business, family, and personal. However I’m unbalanced because I become easily drained by one area that the other two suffer; then it goes in cycles with the subsequent areas. I want a […]

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Board Member Blues: Is Our Mission Statement Helping or Harming Us

Board Member Blues: Is Our Mission Statement Helping or Harming Us

Dear Marissa, Our Board recently approved a new mission statement. I think it’s too vague. What are your thoughts? Signed, A Little Concerned Dear A Little Concerned, To preserve your organization’s identity, I’ve withheld the mission statement you sent me and will instead offer some practical advice […]

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So You Want To Start A Nonprofit: Five “Not to Be Skipped” Steps to Boost Your Chances For Success

So You Want To Start A Nonprofit: Five “Not to Be Skipped” Steps to Boost Your Chances For Success

Starting and sustaining a nonprofit is serious BUSINESS. It takes careful planning, strategy, skill, time and resources (i.e. money!). Like any business startup, many new nonprofits fail. Actually, many established nonprofits are merging or closing their doors as well; so in the spirit of Harlem’s famed Apollo […]

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The Nonprofit Business Plan: It “Ain’t No” Oxymoron

The Nonprofit Business Plan: It “Ain’t No” Oxymoron

Ask ten different consultants about the need for, components of and process for developing a nonprofit business plan, and you’ll get ten different answers. There are, after all, a number of “must-have” plans out there vying for the nonprofit leader’s attention: Strategic Plans Development Plans Marketing Plans […]

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STUCK IN A DEAD END POSITION

Dear Marissa,   I’m bored in my position. My supervisor is lazy and disconnected. I’ve looked for work in other departments and get bites but no offers yet. I’ve asked for more work but there’s nothing really there. I can’t really leave the company but I’m losing […]

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