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Traveling Outside Your Comfort Zone: Reprise

By Victoria Plettner-Saunders
 

Whether you’re feeling insecure because you’re starting a new job, or frustrated by yet another résumé rejection notice, or doing something else that feels outside of your comfort zone, see if you can identify an activity that you enjoy and that you know you do well. And then do it!

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In 2017, Pursue Meaning

By Victoria Plettner-Saunders
 

At the beginning of a new year we simultaneously look back and look forward. How can we make our own meaning and find a better place to be?

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Looking for the Helpers

By Victoria Plettner-Saunders
 

Feeling post-election despair? Look to the helpers.. love, self-expression and tea.

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Getting Beyond Hamilton

By Victoria Plettner-Saunders
 

What can we learn from Hamilton’s success and where will it take our sector into the future?

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Café Strategic Partnerships Bring More Jobs to You

By Victoria Plettner-Saunders
 

New partnerships bring more new jobs to you!

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Hiring for Failure: The New Best Practice

By Victoria Plettner-Saunders
 

When will hiring for failure become a best practice for nonprofits and why should it be?

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Social Media Boundaries in the Workplace

By Polly Toledo
 

Polly talks about the everlasting issue of social media in the workplace. How do others handle it and how do you stack up?

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Little Fish Comic Book Studio: A Creator Profile

By Polly Toledo
 

We celebrate Comic Con and the independent comic book publisher with an interview with Alonso Nunez of Little Fish Comic Book Studio in San Diego

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Ignoring the Elephant in the Room: An Open Letter to the Field

By Polly Toledo
 

Salaries in the nonprofit arts and culture sector have always been low, but our guest blog writer and Community Engagement Coordinator says this has to change. Everyone knows and no one wants to talk about it, its the “Elephant in the Room”

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Summer Swimming Lessons

By Victoria Plettner-Saunders
 

You must reach to where the water is still. Then you will move faster. This sentence reminded me of the business concept of finding “blue ocean”. You’re in red ocean with your business model if you are doing something that everyone else is doing. Red ocean is red because of the blood letting of all those fish fighting in the turbulent seas of your competitive market.

In red ocean you feel vulnerable, competitive, anxious about the competition, and fearful of getting towed under. You don’t want to be there. You want to be in the calm, clear, still waters of blue ocean where you dominate an untapped place in the market, have a better chance of thinking clearly, and can work your plan without having to fight off those other fish. Oh and in blue water… there are no rip currents.

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