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Nonprofits-Think Like A Magician

Welcome to Hardy Smith’s blog, where he shares experience and insight learned through decades in the corporate world and advocating on behalf of nonprofits and associations across America.

Hardy’s mission is to help maximize the performance of nonprofits and associations and their essential leadership teams.

If you’re seeking to triumph over communication challenges, bring meaningful and manageable solutions to, and realize measurable results of your organization, this blog will give you more than ideas — it will maximize your team’s performance like never before.

Use SOAP for Nonprofit Problem-Solving

Problem-solving formulas can be complicated and difficult to implement, but not if they’re as clean as S.O.A.P. When you’re struggling for answers to a challenging issue, apply this investigative method that doctors use for determining the best course of action to take.

COVID-19 Resources for Nonprofits

Nonprofit and association leaders are certainly in an unprecedented time and the situation is rapidly changing. In many ways, you’re asked to be the calm in the storm. To assist you with the challenges this worldwide pandemic is creating, and to help you guide your ship to safety, nonprofit and association thought leaders are sharing the following resources.

Make a Plan to Plan

Pre-planning provides a more organized approach that will make your activity more effective through efficient the use of time, which people will appreciate. Planning on the front end creates an intentional approach that stimulates enthusiasm among participants and creates a foundation for planning success.

Is Your Nonprofit Due for a Makeover?

Publix isn’t standing still. They are constantly looking for ways to improve. Is it time for your nonprofit to consider a makeover? Here is a seven-question ‘points of difference’ checklist to stimulate your thinking.

Hall of Fame Leadership Lessons

Would you like to reach Hall of Fame level of success? Then you will want to follow the right path. In my life I have been lucky enough to receive invaluable leadership lessons from personal and professional relationships with five individuals who have achieved hall of fame level recognition in their professions.

Nonprofits Must Adapt

Is your organization willing to honestly assess its performance, challenge current practices, and take action on changes needed for a sustainable future?

Give Donors Red-Carpet Treatment

How would donors react if they felt like they received red-carpet treatment from your nonprofit? Would the outstanding customer service associated with such attention to detail and relationship building translate to increased donor engagement? Could it contribute to improved retention of first-time donors? My speaker colleague Donna Cutting knows the answers.

Are Nonprofit Best Practices Stupid?

Why continue to do what doesn’t work? Evaluate your practices to see if they are producing positive outcomes. If they’re not, change them. My speaker colleague Stephen Shapiro has insight how to do just that.

Is Nonprofit Planning an Oxymoron?

Audiences of nonprofit leaders indicate that few of them engage in strategic planning, yet they know the benefits. Why? It’s a puzzling situation. My own experience that planning is a mission tool in the nonprofit tool box and its reinforced by two significant reports.

Use SOAP for Nonprofit Problem-Solving

Problem-solving formulas can be complicated and difficult to implement, but not if they’re as clean as S.O.A.P. When you’re struggling for answers to a challenging issue, apply this investigative method that doctors use for determining the best course of action to take.

COVID-19 Resources for Nonprofits

Nonprofit and association leaders are certainly in an unprecedented time and the situation is rapidly changing. In many ways, you’re asked to be the calm in the storm. To assist you with the challenges this worldwide pandemic is creating, and to help you guide your ship to safety, nonprofit and association thought leaders are sharing the following resources.

Make a Plan to Plan

Pre-planning provides a more organized approach that will make your activity more effective through efficient the use of time, which people will appreciate. Planning on the front end creates an intentional approach that stimulates enthusiasm among participants and creates a foundation for planning success.

Is Your Nonprofit Due for a Makeover?

Publix isn’t standing still. They are constantly looking for ways to improve. Is it time for your nonprofit to consider a makeover? Here is a seven-question ‘points of difference’ checklist to stimulate your thinking.

Hall of Fame Leadership Lessons

Would you like to reach Hall of Fame level of success? Then you will want to follow the right path. In my life I have been lucky enough to receive invaluable leadership lessons from personal and professional relationships with five individuals who have achieved hall of fame level recognition in their professions.

Nonprofits Must Adapt

Is your organization willing to honestly assess its performance, challenge current practices, and take action on changes needed for a sustainable future?

Give Donors Red-Carpet Treatment

How would donors react if they felt like they received red-carpet treatment from your nonprofit? Would the outstanding customer service associated with such attention to detail and relationship building translate to increased donor engagement? Could it contribute to improved retention of first-time donors? My speaker colleague Donna Cutting knows the answers.

Are Nonprofit Best Practices Stupid?

Why continue to do what doesn’t work? Evaluate your practices to see if they are producing positive outcomes. If they’re not, change them. My speaker colleague Stephen Shapiro has insight how to do just that.

Is Nonprofit Planning an Oxymoron?

Audiences of nonprofit leaders indicate that few of them engage in strategic planning, yet they know the benefits. Why? It’s a puzzling situation. My own experience that planning is a mission tool in the nonprofit tool box and its reinforced by two significant reports.