Prepping for Hurricane Sandy and storm spotting from boardrooms

It’s been a crazy few days here in south central Pennsylvania as we prepared for and then weathered Hurricane Sandy. Unlike our neighbors to the east, this corner of the Mid-Atlantic region came through the storm with limited damage – an outcome you’d expect to elicit a unanimous chorus of praise. However, when the worst […]

It matters who’s on the mountain with you (part 2)

A few posts back I suggested that for fundraisers, who it is that’s on the mountain with you makes a world of difference. The annual climb to the top of giving pyramid is a grueling, lonely, and sometimes perilous trek. What a blessing to find a hiking companion willing to go the distance with you. […]

The adaptability to change, long life correlation

During the funeral service earlier this week for my 91 year-old mother-in-law, Jean Basinger Schumacher, her pastor identified adaptability to change as a unifying characteristic among old-old people. Family history, lifestyle, and economic status matter, but it seems that one’s approach to change counts most for length of days. Folks who roll with the punches […]

Cadence, the 20 Mile March, and God’s abundance

Today I begin work with a strategic planning committee at a nearby faith-based nonprofit. As is true for virtually all organizations of its type, there are serious issues to be addressed ASAP and patience is running thin even before the planning has commenced. Although not included among the deliverables listed in my letter of agreement […]

Reading it forward: A review of Great by Choice

For more than a decade, Jim Collins’ Good to Great and the companion monograph, Good to Great and the Social Sector have been staples in my consulting repertoire. Words, phrases, and longer quotes ala Collins pop up with frequency as I work with boards of faith-based nonprofits. In fact, it’s hard to imagine that Collins […]

Powering on when the power falters

An unusually early snow storm took down trees and power lines across the mid-Atlantic region this past weekend, leaving several million households without electricity. The Basinger home was included in that number. For what seemed an eternity (actually just three days) we got by with a portable generator, our gas fireplace, and a couple of […]