Beth Kanter's Blog - Part 32

A Few More Tips for Nonprofit Professionals To Avoid Getting Overwhelmed

Leadership

This year, I was really looking forward to taking a holiday break and not feel stressed about deadlines, tasks, or the never ending parade of meeting requests and emails.   I’m overwhelmed getting back into the daily grind, how about you?

Last week, Aliza Sherman and I published a guest post, “Three Techniques To Avoid Getting Overwhelmed in 2017” on Nancy Schwartz’s Getting Attention Blog, based on some ideas in our book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout.    … Read More

One Simple Tip To Increase Your Productivity at Your Nonprofit Job

Capacity, Happy Healthy Nonprofit, Mindfulness

I’ve been enjoying The Cooper Review, the satirical blog of Sarah Cooper that features weekly original articles, videos and cartoons on workplace humor.   I happened to catch the above cartoon from a recent medium post called “9 Cartoons To Help You Avoid Any Work.”  It really spoke to me about our culture of overwork, especially in the nonprofit sector.Read More

What Does Resiliency Really Mean for Nonprofit Leaders and Their Organizations?

Resilience

I declared that resilience was one of my themes for the new year.    And, in writing a guest post about it over at the Packard Foundation’s Organizational Effective Blog, I shared the story of the boiling frog.    If a frog is dropped into cold water in a sauce pan and brought to a boil slowly, it will not perceive the danger and will be cooked to death.  … Read More

3 New Year’s Rituals for Nonprofits That Can Boost Professional Success

Housekeeping

I would like to wish all my readers, colleagues, and friends a happy new year!   I had a fantastic break, including a family vacation in Hawaii, walking, hiking, quiet, and reflection.  How about you?

But before jumping into the daily grind, during the first week of January I use the quiet time to engage in several New Year’s rituals that help me prepare for the year ahead and identify professional growth areas.    … Read More

The Happy Healthy Data Nerd: Using Your Personal Health Data to Support Your Wellbeing

Happy Healthy Nonprofit, Walking

The passion that many nonprofit data nerds feel for our work is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, that fervor helps us to keep going in the face of difficult challenges, like analyzing a huge data set. On the other hand,  we can be so driven running data visualizations at the keyboard for hours that we don’t stop to refuel or even notice we are experiencing symptoms of burnout.… Read More