Our weekly blog, Social TrendSpotter provides you with the latest trends and ideas within the social sector. It merges current thinking with the edge of innovation to inspire, to encourage, to educate and – ultimately – to create a better sector. Social TrendSpotter includes original analysis, but also highlights the latest sector-wide thinking into a user-friendly resource where social sector professionals and students alike can draw inspiration, share ideas and develop new thinking on best practices.

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The Social Sector’s F-Word – Failure

Yes – I said it: failure is the social sector’s F-word. We don’t talk about it or learn from it. It has become the word that is holding us back from greater success. I never realized how strange this was until I went to business school and failure was considered a...

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How eHarmony Can Help Us Find the Right Employees

When it comes to hiring employees, the social sector can take a cue from the dating website, eHarmony. eHarmony connects people looking for long-term relationships and matches them based on dimensions of compatibility. In making a commitment to long-term...

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Tools for Creating a Championship Nonprofit Board

My favorite time of year in Texas is almost here – fall and the arrival of the Texas State Fair. During the State Fair, we have all things Texas – deep fried treats, cooking competitions and carnival rides. We also have rodeo shows where cowboys and cowgirls are...

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He Said, She Said: Top Sources of Board-CEO Conflict

In my experience, one of the most persistent challenges facing nonprofits is board-CEO alignment. Whether rooted in personality conflicts or communication breakdowns, problems arising between nonprofit boards and CEOs are all too common. The board-CEO relationship and...

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