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Winner’s Circle

Smart, creative action to get you over the hurdles in team building, marketing & fundraising

2801, 2019

Solving the Biggest Problems

January 28th, 2019|Categories: Merle's Blog|

What does it take to solve the big problems? How do we move from temporary fixes to real solutions? You can't do it alone. It takes a community of thinkers, doers and donors. It takes an ecosystem. I've been thinking a lot about ecosystems. It's actually entrepreneurial ecosystems (more on them later) that got me started. From there I went way back to basic biology and the interdependence of organisms [...]

502, 2018

Be a Visionary

February 5th, 2018|Categories: Merle's Blog|

Do you avoid trying something new because it takes time? Time you can’t spare? There’s a way to make big changes, with big dividends, without investing any more of your time. Really. The trick is to switch your thinking from mission to vision. They are two different views or attitudes. You’ll be amazed at the difference this mental shift will make. Vision is what attracts people to your cause. As [...]

102, 2018

Open Up!

February 1st, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|

You are playing a numbers game. You need more – more advocates, more volunteers, more donors. The challenge is to make sure the numbers keeps going up. That’s why you need to open the doors. Yes, open up and invite people in. Give a tour. Make it easy for people to find you. Be welcoming. Start with the tour. Invite people to come see your work. Even if it’s not [...]

2901, 2018

Celebrate Victories

January 29th, 2018|Categories: Merle's Blog|

It's ok to have fun. Really. It makes you happier and more productive. A few minutes a day spent celebrating the little victories may pay off in big ways. So why not create some fun? Just like gathering miracles, we tend to wait for something big to happen or for the calendar to tell us it’s time for a party. But celebrating isn’t just about cake or annual events. Celebrate [...]

1601, 2018

Gather Miracles

January 16th, 2018|Categories: Merle's Blog|

Several years ago I heard a nonprofit Executive Director (before they became CEOs) talk about gathering miracles. I had already learned how important storytelling is to success, but miracles? I wanted to know more. He told us how each employee in their child welfare organization reported his or her Miracle of the Month. Of course, I wondered, “How could they have so many miracles.” He went on to explain that [...]

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