Tips to Help You Achieve “Rock Star” Status

Gayle Brandel
The New Year is a reminder that it’s time to assess accomplishments, to realize shortfalls, and to make plans for doing better. Basically, it’s a time to plot a path to achieve “Rock Star” employee status. Here are 3 goals that go a long way towards achieving this mighty award at work — and can go a long way to improve your career and your personal self, too. Become Better at Networking. Never underestimate the value of networking! It can help you develop connections which may prove useful in getting a program off the ground, or help you find a new opportunity. At its very core, networking is about building relationships that are mutually beneficial. Start by getting out to professional events in your field— and striking up some conversations. Don’t forget to follow up afterwards!Be sure to improve your virtual networking, too. I love these tips from Inc. on how to optimize your Linkedin account. Improve Your Physical (and Mental) Health. Many of us have very sedentary work days and research shows that sitting for hours on end is bad for your physical health. Now we have learned that it is also bad for your mental health. So, get...
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We’ve All Worked with Leaders Who Weren’t Effective: A Few Thoughts on Leadership from the Rest

Gayle Brandel
Every New Year’s Eve millions of us tune in to watch that illuminated ball descend upon Times Square — and even more of us make a list of resolutions intended to better our lives. With a deep breath, a clear mind, and committed intention, I’m taking a dive into my collection of favorite posts around the subject of leadership. More specifically, effective leadership. We could all name “leaders” with, or for, whom we’ve worked who were not effective. They just had an executive title and a lot of power. Effective leaders manage in a style that inspires everyone around them to do their best work. Sometimes we make the assumption that a person with a resume highlighting a long list of accomplishments or certifications will make a great leader. Not true. Accomplishments and certifications are reached by hitting objective benchmarks. Effective leadership, on the other hand, is a bit more subjective and harder to define. But we all know it when we experience it. It is special. It compels us all to try a little harder and to give our best. Inspiring speaker and nonprofit leader Joan Garry breaks it down further. She lists just two basic needs in The...
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Favorite NonProfit Checklists for a Better 2016

Gayle Brandel
January, 2016. Traditionally, this is the time of year when many of us write up, or at least mentally note, resolutions that will make us better humans in the coming year. My list typically includes promises to work out more frequently, eat more healthily, read more….that kind of stuff. It’s also an ideal time for us to consider actions that will help our nonprofit organizations flourish. Much like a list of resolutions, I find that checklists can be easy tools for keeping me on task and, in some cases, offer objective evaluations. Those little check boxes don’t provide much room for explanation or excuses…just enough space for a check mark! Checklists are also excellent motivational tools. They help us identify and quantify accomplishments and successes. And, as you probably know, positive reinforcement of jobs already well done can go a long way in the morale department. Since many of us who work at nonprofit organizations find ourselves multi-tasking, we always run the risk of letting little details fall through the cracks – or the possibility that someone may “drop the ball.” The beauty of checklists are their simplicity; at once keeping us honest, accountable and organized. Here are some of...
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Is That Data Entered Yet?

Gayle Brandel
From late September until mid-April, one of the most frequently asked questions is “Is-all-of the-data-entered-yet?”. It is such an endearing question. Is it in DonorPerfect? Is it in Quickbooks? Is the gala auction balanced? Is our CRM data clean (the most dreaded question of all). Before marketing and before those lovely souls in donor development get giddy about Big Data, before the financial year is closed, before you even know for sure how many program participants accessed how many levels of service, there’s the big, time-sucking task that no one likes to talk about: Data Entry. Don’t diss data entry. You’ve heard the saying “garbage in, garbage out” and it certainly applies here. With data coming from so many different resources it’s hard to keep it clean—and by clean I mean standardized, usable and reliable. It’s also very easy to assign the task of entering (and quality review) to someone who seems to have “spare time”. In today’s economy, however, I don’t see many employees who have “spare time”. “No time” seems more appropriate, especially in the nonprofit sector. Fortunately, there is PNP, specializing in providing temps who not only understand the caffeine laced question, but understand the CRM and...
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The Changing Face of Temporary Staffing

Gayle Brandel
For starters, you can forget your free-range associations with the word “temp”. These individuals are valuable members of the team. And, in most cases, the time spent in your office—whether it is 20 hours per week or a few months per year—is their career. Just like freelancers and consultants, these individuals have full time jobs working part-time for several companies at a time. According to the Government Accountability Office, temporary workers made up a third of the workforce in 2013. As far back as 2011, TimeOut New York was publishing a list of the Top Temp Agencies in New York City. The list includes PNP Staffing Group (formerly Professionals for Nonprofits) and is the only agency listed solely dedicated to the nonprofit sector. Starting next week, we’re writing a series about the changing face of temporary staffing. We’ll invite you to meet some of the individuals working in the nonprofit temp sector and hear from Kristy Lewis, Temp Services Manager for PNP Staffing Group. Come with us as we explore the new face of temporary staffing for nonprofits, associations, and social good organizations.
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