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* Notes from Creating Leader-full Spaces presentation at 2012 Nonprofit Leadership Conference.

* Facilitation resources on topics such as Open Space Technology and World Cafe, and groups such as the Public Conversations Project and the international Art of Hosting network.






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Dear Giacomo: Can't We All Just Get Along?


By: Giacomo Crostini
Original artwork by Taylor Baldry

Nonprofit master Giacomo Crostini is here to answer all your burning questions about life in the nonprofit sector. Email him at for advice and guidance.


Dear Giacomo,

I don’t know what to do. I love my job, boss, and pretty much everything about my nonprofit organization. There is only one problem - my new co-worker! We just don’t click, he rubs me the wrong way and quite frankly, I’m not a fan. How am I supposed to spend everyday with someone that I don’t really like?


Paralyzed Over Our Problems


Dear POOP,

It’s like you are reading my mind! Your letter arrived at the perfect time as I myself just worked through this very issue with another of the Crostini clan. My cousin Francesca was having the darndest time connecting with Joey at our family meatball production offices. Crostini meatballs taste best when made with love - so I’ll give you some of the same advice that I gave her. Most of it is pretty mind blowing, so hold on to your butts.

Try Harder!

  • Here’s the deal POOP - everyone has something in common. Maybe you just haven’t taken the time to find out what that thing is. I admit that you might have to dig a little deep - but all it takes is one little connection to help bridge the divide between you. Finding that common ground might be just the thing to help take away the dread you feel when it comes to team projects at the office. I recommend starting with some things that are super relatable. Professional studies that I’ve done show that the best place to start is one of the following topics; water slides, magic, and mutual love of hermit crab culture.

Blog It Out

  • There is an old Italian saying (most old sayings come from Italy) that if you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say anything at all, and if that isn’t working then consider writing an anonymous blog to get your feelings out. The point here is that it’s not going to help anyone if you start letting this interfere with your work or workplace culture. Grab a glass of chianti with a friend, chat up your mom over Sunday night lasagna, or snatch up Find a way to vent so that you aren’t bottling up those frustrations.

Stay Chill

  • I’m hoping this goes without saying - but are you freaking out right now POOP? Don’t. The advice here is short and sweet. Keep cool, calm, and collected when figuring this out. Chances are if you start to treat your co-worker poorly that it will reflect poorly on you. You know when you interview for a job and there is always a question about how you professionally handled a challenging situation or person? This is the example you will be able to give. So stay chill POOP!

If All Else Fails


  • Not everyone is going to have success with the strategies I’ve listed above. It pains me to say it but just because something worked at the Crostini meatball offices doesn’t mean it will work for you. These are more “last resort” style options - but I wanted to leave no stone unturned for you POOP.

    • Sword Duel (any sort of duel really)
    • Dance Off
    • Rubiks Cube Race

I trust that this was helpful POOP! Just hang in there, follow this advice and (as usual) I’m very confident that I’ve been very helpful. If you want to read a bit more about dealing with & getting along with co-workers then I’ve put a few more articles below. Go get em tiger!

A few more articles:
How To Deal With Co-Workers You Can’t Stand - Forbes
How To Get Along With Co-Workers - WikiHow
How To Deal With A Co-Worker You Can’t Stand - Fast Company
Annoying Co-Worker Behavior - CNN

Have a question for Giacomo Crostini? Email or tweet it at @ynpntc and use the hashtag #deargiacomo.

Photo Credits:
Worker with Scissors
Typing In The Pool
Paper Airplane Co-Worker
Inigo Montoya


Making the Most of a Lackluster Seminar

By Sarah J.K. Sheldon
Follow me on Twitter @sarahjksheldon 

We’ve all been there. You sign up for an info session at a conference or an event with a presentation that sounds intriguing and potentially groundbreaking. You sit down for the session, pen in hand, ready to take notes. Throughout the entire session you wait for something noteworthy – something so insightful you just have to tweet it, write it down, and take it back to the office to share with your colleagues or impress your boss. You wait, and you wait, and nothing. Turns out the session isn’t what you thought it would be. The information doesn’t apply to your organization or your job, or it covers information you’ve already heard a million times (social media 101, anyone??).

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Where Did All The Men Go?

Men At Work

By Brandon Boat
Follow me on Twitter @BrandonBoat 

I was listening to a panel discussion on career change when it hit me for the first time. All five panelists were women. In my AmeriCorps cohort, there were five men to the 35 women in the room. This was the first time that I had really taken notice that the nonprofit world had a greater number of women than men in the field. While this may be obvious to some of you, when I asked the panelists about it, they hadn’t even realized it. So if you’ll bear with me, I’d like to talk briefly about the where all the nonprofit men went.

I don’t wish for this blog entry to in any way diminish the struggles that women are facing in the working world. I recognize the problems of the gender wage gap, the barrier that glass ceilings pose and that real discrimination and harassment still occur at workplaces all over the country. However, I also believe that there’s room for multiple conversations around gender without resorting to “mansplaining.” 

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The Maybe Best, Maybe Worst Time I Quit My Job

By Holly Harrison
Follow me on Twitter: @hollharris

I’ve quit a few jobs post-college. The first time was terrifying—I returned to the Twin Cities with no job lined up, just with the money I’d saved working as a motel clerk in my tiny hometown. The next one was embarrassing—I quit a part-time job one week in because a full-time offer came my way. After that, an uplifting experience—after over a year of rejections, I finally got a “you’re hired,” and it was from an organization I was wildly passionate about.

Now, I’m quitting. I’m quitting the job I love at the organization I love for a completely different job that I’m sure I’ll love, too.

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From Sideline to Frontline: Taking the Plunge

By Erica Winegar
Follow me on Twitter @ewinegar 

It's hard to believe it was only a year ago that I began volunteering with the YNPN-TC Programming Committee. The truth is, though, that I dabbled with the idea of joining YNPN-TC a lot sooner. I just didn't have the gumption to take the plunge. 

I've been working in the nonprofit sector since I graduated from college. Fortunately, the supervisors I've had throughout the years have been incredibly supportive and encouraged me to pursue professional development opportunities whenever possible.

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