I Lost My Marbles

August 5th, 2014

I lost my marbles. Or in this case, 6 hours worth of interview notes.   I looked in the obvious places.  I looked in the not so obvious places.  And then, I stepped away.  Feeling my frustration rise.  Allowing myself some space, I thought perhaps an idea would come to me.  24 hours passed and nothing.  And I really needed to start working on the project.  There was only one thing to do, begin.

I started the process, began the work I could do without the interview notes.  I also had a certain level of recall I knew I’d be able to tap.  And then, in a flash there they were, neatly tucked away into a subfolder that somehow on my previous three attempts to look I hadn’t seen.  Clear as day, right under my nose.

I could have thrown in the towel.  Cried. Slammed my fists on the computer.  But none of those tactics would have made my notes appear or resulted in any progress on the project.   Rather than become paralyzed I stepped into action.   Doing what I could, I made progress.

Sure I was frustrated, filled with self-doubt maybe I forgot to save the notes…unlikely, but maybe.  It was when I pressed forward that ultimately I found what I was looking for.  When I was saving the newest document I was working on, I discovered the one I’d lost.  The next time you are in a difficult situation and feel lost, forge on and you just might find what you were looking for.

Je’net Kreitner, named AFP Founder of the Year

July 29th, 2014
National Philanthropy Day® (NPD) acknowledges the entire spectrum of services provided by the nonprofit community and recognizes the profound impact that philanthropy has on the fabric of society. And, each year the Association of Fundraising Professionals honors individuals and groups who, through their hard work and dedication,  have enhanced philanthropy, their communities and the world.
I was thrilled that my client, Je’net Kreiter, Executive Director and Founder of Grandma’s House of Hope was announced as AFP’s Founder of the Year.  Once homeless herself, she gained the skills and confidence through training and coaching from OneOC   and the Fieldstone Foundation Leadership Series necessary to turn her dream of helping others  into reality.

The 2014 Outstanding Honorees are:
Philanthropist: Catherine Klein Sorensen
Philanthropic Group: Building Block Foundation
Volunteer Fundraiser: Ralph B. Linzmeier, Jr.
Founder:  Je’net Kreitner, Grandma’s House of Hope
Small Business or Corporation: MOST Brand Development + Advertising
Mid-Size Business or Corporation: Rutan & Tucker, LLP
Large Business or Corporation:  Disneyland Resort, Anaheim Ducks, Angels Baseball (ACT Anaheim)
Youth/Youth Group: Future in Humanity
Legacy Award: General William and Willa Dean Lyon
In 2014, National Philanthropy Day in Orange County will be held on Thursday, November 20.
For More Information, visit our own event site, www.npdoc.org

Bliss vs. Burnout

June 4th, 2014

I love my work and my life, but increasingly I find that I am in the minority.  Why? Burnout. Too many demands.  Not enough breaks.  Lack of sleep.  Junk food. Technology.  And the list goes on.

I have long followed the advice of Tony Shwartz and honed my skills to meet my physical, emotional, mental and spiritual needs and share what I’ve learned with others.

In a recent article on the New York Times website confirms the principle that people are more satisfied and productive when organizations invest in meeting these four core needs.

Every leader should be asking, “What would make our employees feel more energized, better taken care of, more focused and more inspired?”

Avoid Manager Mayhem

June 4th, 2014

The most important decision a company can make is simply whom they name manager.  When it comes to employee engagement, the right manager can make all the difference.

Gallup finds that great managers have the following talents:

  • They motivate every single employee to take action and engage employees with a compelling mission and vision.
  • They have the assertiveness to drive outcomes and the ability to overcome adversity and resistance.
  • They create a culture of clear accountability.
  • They build relationships that create trust, open dialogue, and full transparency.
  • They make decisions based on productivity, not politics.

These are important considerations when considering people for promotion or hiring from the outside.  Professional development should emphasis enhancing these talents as well.