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Nov 25th


FUNdraising Good Times: Are you ready to retire?

FUNdraising Good Times: Are you ready to retire?With an estimated ten percent of the workforce employed in the nonprofit sector, retirement benefits can be a factor that impacts individual employees as well as the nonprofits they work for. For example, do older employees delay retirement because they don't have enough money to fund their retirement? Does this impact the ability of a nonprofit to promote talent from within, or to attract new talent from outside the organization? Do younger and mid-career employees evaluate employment opportunities based on retirement benefits?

Listening with curiosity

At an event this week, I had a chance to hear about the internal workings of companies around town – what the different company cultures are about and how management at these companies want to shape their company cultures and the challenges they face. A common theme was around curiosity. One manager said they're going for a "culture of curiosity," and another manager agreed that that was a good idea. Get your people curious, get them asking questions, get them psyched up to learn and to innovate.

FUNdraising Good Times: African American corporate executives: We need you!

FUNdraising Good Times: African American corporate executives: We need you!The expertise and connections of African American corporate executives can help chart a sustainable future for historically black colleges and universities.

Historically black colleges and universities are amongst the largest African American controlled businesses in America. Many date back to the 19th century. They have educated generations and built the black middle class. They are major employers in communities across the country. They also face well-documented challenges as they operate in an increasingly competitive educational marketplace.

Speech: The retro communication tool that still works

Speech: The retro communication tool that still worksPeople today communicate more than ever. There’s email, Twitter, Facebook, iChat and instagram, for starters. A person could spend a productive day on almost any job without actually talking to anyone. So, when someone spends thirty-five hours a week not talking, what happens during those five hours of real, old-fashioned verbal, interpersonal communication?

Multiple screen viewing

Multiple screen viewingToday, of course, when we talk about what we watch, that doesn’t necessarily mean just television or the big screen. We have the choice of watching content (e.g. movies, TV, shows and videos) on a number of our cool devices whenever we feel like it.

1.5 percent Social Security benefit increase in 2014

1.5 percent Social Security benefit increase in 2014Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for nearly 63 million Americans will increase 1.5 percent in 2014, the Social Security Administration announced last week.

The 1.5 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits that more than 57 million Social Security beneficiaries receive in January 2014. Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 31, 2013.

Go for the gold on your resume

Go for the gold on your resumeHave you seen that TV show Gold Rush? It's about these guys who spend everything they have to go up to Alaska to prospect for gold. Every week they face new challenges: weather, federal regulators, broken machines. And they keep at it because (it's a TV show and because) somewhere under all that mud is the gold that will change their lives. If the gold were easier to find, would they bury it to keep the show interesting? Doubtful.
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