You may have heard the saying “if you’ve seen one board you’ve seen one board,” but what exactly does that mean? Boards have the same responsibilities at the most fundamental level; however, I’ve seen first-hand in my work as a consultant and board member that boards can vary dramatically. These differences can have an impact on the experience you'll have and the work you'll do.
In Demystifying Board Service Part I, I wrote about knowing what you want to give and get out of board service and how to match that with what a board needs. But to really ensure a great fit—one where you can make the best use of your time and talents─you have to understand the board’s composition and function.Read more
Last fall I registered for a class at the Humphrey School that required me to be on a board. I knew little about boards, but was interested in them. I just didn’t know why anyone would want me on a board or how to find one. I’m young-ish, haven’t worked in the Twin Cities nonprofit sector for very long, don’t have a lot of money, and I’m not well connected to rich or prestigious people. But there I was, required to serve on a board.
My boss was just finishing some consulting working with Rainbow Rumpus. She thought it would be a good fit for me because the organization was in a period of growth; they were high functioning board; the people on the board were good people to work with; and there would be a lot of leadership opportunities. So I contacted them.Read more
“What we do not say, what we do not talk about, allows the status quo to continue.”
-Stephanie Wildman, Making Systems of Privilege Visible
YNPN-TC partnered with the Racial Justice Program at the YWCA Minneapolis a few weeks ago to host a discussion of race and privilege in the nonprofit sector. We had a tremendous response to the event: Tickets sold out in the first day and a subsequent wait list was some 70 people deep.Read more
by Virginia Brown
follow me on Twitter: @3manypuppies
Getting what you want was the theme at this month’s packed Emerging Leaders Network lunch. A crowded room meant two things: 1) Lots of people aren’t sure how to ask for– and get–what they want, and 2) I had to sit on a counter because they were out of chairs.Read more
The following blog is by Aleisha Lee
It was only 30 seconds and it wasn’t pretty, but I did it.
If you attended YNPN’s EDGE event on interviewing techniques and resume writing, I was the Nervous Nelly holding the microphone, wrapping up the discussion panel portion and transitioning us to a break. Public speaking might be a breeze for some, but I have an enormous fear of speaking in front of groups larger than two. How did I take on my fear and end up in front of 70 of you? Volunteering!Read more
by Adaobi Okolue
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Power. When we think of it, we often associate it with individuals who have the ability to exert it over others: Executive directors, presidents, board of directors, etc. We seldom believe that we—in the early-mid or even infancy stages of our careers—have the ability to turn the wheels of an organization with the same might as an executive director.Read more
I am not Miss Cleo, but I can provide you one painstaking revelation about your life last year with almost 100 percent accuracy, minus the exorbitant 1-800 charges. Ready: There is nothing you can do to change it. Absolutely nothing. So, there is no need to fret or dwell over the reviews of your internal critics. Instead, resolve to make your first footsteps into 2011 with some sort of direction. I’m not force-feeding you the resolutions lecture. I’m talking about goal-setting.Read more
by Min Y. Chong
follow me on Twitter: @minychong
As nonprofit employees, our jobs aren’t just where we spend our days to make money and keep occupied. Our jobs are where we invest our time, energy, and passion. Our organizations aren’t just buildings and people that we spend the hours of 9 to 5 with. They are the communities for our causes and our constant collaborators. We choose to work in this sector to satisfy our hearts, our hopes, and our sense of justice. Our jobs are extremely personal and we feel strongly tied to them. As young nonprofit professionals, the bond is even more involved. These are our first organizations, mentors, causes, and often, the first places where we made change and witnessed the good the sector produces.
All of which is precisely what makes even the thought of leaving feel so terrible. Our coworkers and organizations have invested their extremely hard-earned and limited resources in us. They need and count on us to be there. But little by little, we outgrow our positions and start to need more. Even at our worst, our least inspired, satisfied, and driven, we still add value to our organizations. But is this how we best serve our missions or ourselves?Read more
Yes, “personal branding” seems like an overused, cliché buzzword being exploited in every workshop or conference session. Nevertheless, does personal branding actually matter? Yes. As young professionals, it matters even more. Personal branding defines and sets the pace of your career path early on.Read more
Last month the Twin Cities Marathon was a must-run event for avid runners like myself. But because of a series of frustrating year-round injuries, I was forced to be just a spectator. I’ve been able to run again in these past few months, but most of 2010 I spent cross-training. Some friends convinced me to swim on a weekly basis, and I continued bike commuting. All of this kept me in some semblance of shape, even if I still struggle to keep up with my running buddies (checkout my blog for more on that).
A major part of any runners training regimen is (or should be) cross-training. Cross-training helps an athlete develop better overall fitness while reducing the potential for injury.Read more