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A mini-guide for getting realistic about your aspirations

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Complete my master’s degree, teach myself Spanish, stop biting my nails.These are all goals of mine. One I am currently pursuing (Spanish). One I have failed at miserably time and time again (nails). And one I have penciled in my five-year plan (master’s degree). 

Most of us have visions for our future. According to Psychology Today, whether personal or professional, goals are important to keep us feeling focused, productive and happy. However, as the Facebook updates continue to pop up on our smartphones, to-do lists get longer and weekend plans are made, it’s easy to get overwhelmed or distracted.

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No strings attached | Consulting 101

main.jpgIf someone told me when I graduated college three years ago that I’d be working as a nonprofit consultant, my response would have been: Me!?! A consultant? Don’t you have to be an expert to do that?

I’m no expert. I am, however, fortunate to have come into the nonprofit sector at a time when a less-than-desirable economy forced me to get creative with my career path.

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Deciphering Organizational Culture

main.jpgOne of my first internships in college was working for a small nonprofit. I loved the work, but something felt a little…off. I couldn’t put my finger on it. Was it me? Was it my supervisor? The atmosphere felt disconnected, staff sometimes didn’t get along, and I couldn’t figure out basic norms and procedures—heck, I couldn't even tell you the dress code. What was wrong, I came to find out, was poor organizational culture.

What is it? Organizational culture, whether good or bad, is a difficult concept to comprehend. It's a mixture of written and unwritten values, norms, beliefs and practices shared by the people who make up your organization. More simply put, it’s the “personality” of your nonprofit.

Either way, it's a powerful force that dictates everything from how well you fulfill your mission to who makes the coffee in the morning.

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