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Now displaying: March, 2021
Mar 25, 2021

We already relied on technology to communicate before the pandemic, but over the past year we’ve become even more dependent on video and digital communications to live and work. So, how can you make use of the tech you need to navigate the world without succumbing to burnout?

Today’s episode features mindfulness expert Meico Marquette Whitlock in an excerpt from the sgENGAGE Rethinking Change webinar series. Listen in to hear Meico explains how distractions impact us and how to make space for mindfulness and intentionality to avoid burnout.

 

Topics Discussed in This Episode:

  • How distractions impact our lives
  • Spending mental energy bridging the technology gap
  • The effects of trying to do multiple things at once
  • How the time you’re spending online has changed
  • Why slowing down helps
  • Mindfully engaging with devices
  • Reclaiming our lives

 

Resources:

Meico Marquette Whitlock

The Mindful Techie

7 Steps for Mastering the Art of Work/Life Balance in a Digital World Starter Kit

Webinar: Why Technology is Ruining Your Love Life (And What You Can Do About It)

Rethinking Change webinar series

Working in a Changing World eBook

 

Quotes: 

“It’s not lost on me that it’s not your first or your last perhaps of conversations mediated by video like what we’re having today.”

“The science tells us that it is physically impossible to do multiple things simultaneously.”

“One of the first things that slowing down allows us to do is it allows us to get clear about our aim or our intention.”

Mar 11, 2021

The last year has taught us that change is the only constant - however, that makes it difficult to stick to a traditional 3-year or 5-year strategic plan. So, how can social good organizations plan in a way that allows for change?

Here to talk about why adaptive strategy is the new strategic plan is Steve Strang, senior consultant and practice director at Spectrum Nonprofit Services. Listen in to hear what Steve has to say about what an adaptive strategy is, what it looks like when organizations implement an adaptive strategy, and how to get started.

 

Topics Discussed in This Episode:

  • What adaptive strategy is
  • Why organizations decide to make the shift from the traditional strategic plan to adaptive strategy
  • Benefits of shifting to an adaptive strategy
  • How adopting adaptive strategy can better engage board members
  • The two steps for implementing adaptive strategy
  • What adaptive strategy looks like in action
  • How to influence stakeholders to buy in to implementing adaptive strategy
  • Steps for getting your organization started on the adaptive strategy journey

 

Resources:

Steve Strang

How to Implement Adaptive Strategy in Nonprofits

Annual Planning in an Ever-Changing World

2021 Planning & Goals Workbook and Calendar

 

Quotes: 

“As tough as the last year has been, being adaptive helps your organization get through crisis moments like this.”

“The important piece to not only this but moving into any strategic process is buy-in from all your stakeholders, especially internal stakeholders.”

“Your budget is really a document that shows how you actualize your strategic plan.”

Mar 4, 2021

Database administrators (also commonly called database managers, DBAs or DBMs) are often operating behind the scenes, outside of the spotlight. However, DBAs are critical team members and it’s important they promote their value within their organizations.

That’s what today’s host and guests are here to discuss. Listen in as guest host Ashley Sweeney, Technical Solutions Engineer for Blackbaud talks to Sunshine Watson, Donor Database Manager for Valleywise Health Foundation, and Carlene Johnson, Database Administrator for BC High, about how they shine as DBAs and make sure their value is recognized. They also discuss the importance of networking and continuing education.

 

Topics Discussed in This Episode:

  • How Sunshine and Carlene shine as DBAs
  • Helping others understand what you do and how you help them
  • Making sure you have a seat at the table
  • Tips for showing your value to leadership
  • Making the case for professional development to your manager
  • The value of networking and user groups

 

Resources:

Sunshine Watson

Carlene Johnson

Confessions of a Nonprofit Database Administrator

Confessions of a Nonprofit Database Administrator, Part II

 

Quotes: 

“Just being able to be a fly on the wall sometimes helps me so I can do my job better.” –Sunshine Watson

“When I’m paying attention and listening, I can hear the pain points.” –Carlene Johnson

“Because of networking, I was much more easily able to land a position that had the kinds of things I was looking to work on.” –Carlene Johnson

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