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3 October 2013 0 Comments

Spittin’ in the Wind

Ever sailed a boat? There’s nothing like the feeling of catching the wind just right. Some days, the wind is perfect – enabling you to get where you want to go with little effort. Other times, it’s blowing in the wrong direction or is weak and erratic. Fundraising is a lot like sailing. As a [...]

6 August 2013 0 Comments

Your Link in the Value Chain

Part 2 of 2 in a Series on Good Value Since Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter first used the concept of Value Chain* it served as a framework to help business leaders understand how specific activities can combine in unique ways to create value. Organizations that can maximize and sustain that differentiation can maintain a [...]

26 June 2013 0 Comments

One Man’s Trash…

Part 1 of 2 in a Series on Good Value The median income in my neighborhood is about $33,000; Unemployment is at least double that of the rest of Minneapolis; Roughly one child out of every eight lives in poverty. So it is not surprising to see my neighbors seeking every opportunity to “make a [...]

24 October 2011 0 Comments

Secure Your Own Mask

You hear the words every time you board a commercial airplane:    If there is loss in cabin pressure, oxygen masks will appear…         …secure your own mask before assisting others. When I started travelling with my young children, those words became more relevant – and alarming! My overpowering instinct is to protect my kids [...]

20 April 2011 0 Comments

Running on Empty?

My friend was distraught, growing more anxious with every turn. He was grateful for the ride from the airport, but concerned about the gas gauge indicator, which looked as if it had passed “E” sometime last week.  It didn’t help that the surroundings were unfamiliar and that the driver appeared unconcerned (or unaware) of their [...]

31 March 2011 0 Comments

Per’s Principle

The modest yard of my childhood home had one crown: the Rose Garden. Although none of us were great gardeners, 25 healthy rose bushes produced a steady supply of flowers.  Credit goes to Per (pronounced “Pare”), the top gardener at my father’s workplace.  He selected and planted the roses, taught us how to water and [...]

10 January 2011 0 Comments

Forget New Year’s Resolutions; Beware the Baobabs!

If good things come in small packages, then I understand why the French story The Little Prince is so good. This brief classic is rich with deep truths spoken by an innocent youngster. The book and its protagonist are both very small. This childlike ruler is the only inhabitant of an equally small planet.  The [...]

19 October 2010 0 Comments

Worshiping Temple

This year’s Emmy Awards had some surprises. Among them was recognition given to the HBO film Temple Grandin. HBO: Temple Grandin: Home Once considered a socially awkward outcast with no useful skills, Dr. Grandin is now credited with revolutionizing our understanding of autism and changing the way half the U.S. cattle industry does business. She [...]

19 September 2010 0 Comments

Creating Wall Street

“Stop going for the easy buck and produce something with your life. Create, instead of living off the buying and selling of others.” So ends the 1987 Oliver Stone film “Wall Street.”  The sequel, “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” (also directed by Stone), opens on Friday. This quote captures an important but often overlooked theme in [...]

13 September 2010 1 Comment

Lost Leader

ABC’s hit television series LOST completed its 6-year run last season, but the buzz continues. Some people are even watching the entire series a second time. And for good reason. This well-crafted epic contains several intertwined plot lines, and is worthy of multiple viewings and discussions. (For those rolling your eyes, hang with me. You [...]