Next Level Leadership Blog


Strategic Planning Is Leading – Part 2


Denice R. Hinden, PhD, PCC “You can do what I cannot do. I can do what you cannot do. Together we can do great things.”  – Mother Teresa Lessons in leadership often come when you least expect them.   I helped a small growing nonprofit organization orchestrate a process to stand up an executive team.  Prior […]

Strategic Planning Is Leading – Part I


Denice R. Hinden, PhD, PCC “We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.”  — Rejecting the Beatles, Decca Recording Co. 1962 Over 16 years, some of the common reasons we’ve heard that explain why an association created a strategic plan but didn’t implement it are, “the environment changed in ways […]

Praise Fuels Aspirations & Trust


“I praise loudly. I blame softly.”  –Catherine the Great A few years ago, when I arrived for the first time at the offices of a new client, the two reception staff gave me a very warm welcome.  They knew my name, they knew I was expected, they had a name badge ready for me and […]

Checking Conclusions Sparks Hope & Hope Sparks Opportunity


“A secret to happiness is letting every situation be what it is instead of what you think it should be, and then making the best of it.”—  The executive director of a reputable, high performing nonprofit organization lamented that board members should be more actively involved and they needed a more effective engagement strategy.  […]

Openness Generously Turns The “Generation Gap” Into Our Best Opportunity


“Those who cannot change their minds, cannot change anything.” –George Bernard Shaw I grew up in the generation where you did what your parents told you to do. For example, ‘Wear appropriate attire when you go to the Courthouse with your dad; wear a coat to school; hold that job for at least a year’ […]