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Questioning Your Inquisitive Process

In my experience the best asked questions get responses that are actually answers, and not questions themselves. Here are some tips about how to get substantive answers to your questions by addressing these concerns before they happen... [More]

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You Don't Know What You Don't Know

Last weekend I attend the SQL Saturday #149 Conference in Minneapolis. It was a great chance to get my feet wet in lots of technologies related to SQL Server. If you do not care about the intricacies of SQL Server, you're in luck because that's as technical as the rest of this post will get! At the conference I learned that thedatabank development team has some powerful tools at our disposal that we didn't know existed. As G.I. Joe says, "...knowing is half the battle." [More]

Your Time is Being Undervalued

One of my favorite things to do is to read from the inspirational postings of a blog I found early this year, Mr. Money Moustache. He's a personal finance blogger whose goal is to educate and start a societal shift in how we all spend our money and our time. Oh, and to pump people up about retiring by age 30.

Part of the reason his blog appeals to me is that at its core he's talking about how to live efficiently. I spend a fair amount of time thinking about living efficiently, and since I spend 40 hours per week of my life at work, in this post I'll focus on working efficiently. [More]

Using the Tools You Have

I've always had a mind for data and statistics, so I'm very interested in the benchmark reports that come out for the nonprofit sector. A co-worker and I even presented our own benchmark findings for MN based organizations at the 2011 Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Annual conference. (We also found that databank clients have equal or better numbers across the board as compared to the number in the 2011 NTEN Benchmark study!) A similar benchmark report was put out by Blackbaud several weeks ago. [More]

How to Benchmark Yourself

In preparation for my upcoming breakout session at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Annual Conference, I’ve put a lot of thought into benchmarking. A lot of my work on the session has been focused on obtaining a deeper understanding of benchmarks for MN, and how MN based organizations can use that knowledge to improve their communications. An integral part of that understanding depends on organizations benchmarking themselves. Here are some tips on how to benchmark your own organization. [More]