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Beth Kanter

Recent Posts by Beth Kanter:

Tips for Activating a Culture of Well-being in the Nonprofit Workplace

In April, I was honored to present and facilitate an all-day workshop for nonprofit leaders at the Oregon Nonprofit Leadership Conference on how to activate a culture of well being in the nonprofit workplace, based on my book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout. I also delivered a workshop to South Carolina nonprofits on the same topic hosted by Shine The Light, Nonprofit Forums. The participants were amazing and came up with some terrific strategies and action plans.

Many times the reaction to focusing on organizational culture and well-being is considered “soft” or “nice” stuff that does not lead to results or impact. There is now enough evidence from research that focusing on resilience in the workplace is an essential strategy for sustainable results.


6 Tips for Nonprofits to Combat Digital Distraction and Improve Productivity

Ever hear of something called “Nomophobia? The word itself is an abbreviation for  “no-mobile-phone-phobia and refers to the anxiety you feel when you don’t have your mobile phone handy or have a signal. It is one of a growing number of “digital diseases” that can cause painful physical symptoms as well as mental health issues that ultimately make you less productive, depressed, and sick.


Running Effective Virtual Meetings: Tools and Techniques for Engagement

In many of the workshops I've been facilitating based on the Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout, many nonprofits are recognizing that offering some workplace flexibility to employees is not only an attractive benefit, but also can increase productivity and help with burnout prevention. Many nonprofits allow staff to work remotely one day a week. Workplace flexibility creates a need for better skills in facilitating virtual meetings and hybrid meetings, where some participants are in the room and others participate using audio-only or video conferencing platform. That's why I've added a new workshop on running and facilitating effective virtual meetings.


How Your Nonprofit Can Routinize Reflection

Reflection is a critical step in assessing individual and team performance at your nonprofit. A reflective process, whether it is a structured process for individuals or groups, can give us insights about what worked and what could be improved.


How to Stop Your Nonprofit's After-Hours Email Habit

I recently taught several leadership development workshops at the Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership based on my new book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout. One of the workshops focused on technology wellness in the nonprofit workplace, more specifically on how to avoid collaborative overload.


Nine Ways to Make 2017 a Happy Healthy Year for You and Your Nonprofit

We are all familiar with the tradition of making New Year’s resolutions to start self-improvement habits or stop unhealthy ones. But what if everyone in a nonprofit pledged to initiate an activity that promoted organizational wellbeing and resulted in improved productivity?


Why the Nonprofit Work Ethic Is Outdated and Needs to Change


I’ve just returned from week-long leadership
development program in Israel called “Reality Storytellers” hosted by the Schusterman Foundation.   At the beginning of the trip, we were interviewed by Sharonna Karni Cohen, a women start up founder of a dreams portal, about our hopes and dreams for the trip and what we wanted to take back with us.  This information was given to artist Paulina Correa who created a visual from the interview which was presented to us upon our departure from Israel.


Four Smart Ways to Avoid Burnout for Nonprofit Professionals

Working at a nonprofit can be a pressure cooker. Trying to manage huge workloads with limited resources can easily trap us into thinking that working nights and weekends after a full day at the office is the answer. Overworking will not only steal your clarity but ultimately zap your energy.


Everyday People Are Heroes: Using Big Data to Engage New Agents of Change Online


Note from Beth Kanter:  
I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy of Data Driven Nonprofits by Steve Maclaughlin (launching today, Sept. 6th) and so data and nonprofits has been on my brain.  So when colleague, Cheryl Contee reached out an idea for this post, I could not resist!  Speaking of books, you can pre-order my next book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout due out in October.

Guest Post by Cheryl Contee


Four Early Lessons Learned in the Quest to Improve Feedback Loops in Philanthropy


Do nonprofits and foundations listen to the people they seek to help and act on what they hear?

The answer is…sort of…

 



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