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INK Consulting’s mission is to help nonprofit organizations realize the potential of all relationships. INK combines hands-on experience, strategic thinking and a healthy view of the big picture to help nonprofits create an organizational culture of concentrating on what really drives mission success: relationships.


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Change: Be SMARTER about It.

We all know change isn’t easy… right? Personal change is hard enough: all the reflection, commitment and self-recognition that goes in to change can be exhausting.

Well if it is so hard to change yourself, isn’t it even harder to change an organization? I say no.

I say change isn’t hard because of one thing: Attitude. When change is imminent, attitude is everything. You must have a positive attitude about the tough road of change ahead. And that, my friends, makes all the difference.

In addition to a positive attitude, it helps to have a plan for change. A roadmap of sorts. What always works for me, personally and professionally, is the S.M.A.R.T.E.R. goal-setting template. I’ve been using this for personal and business goals as I kicked off 2013, so I feel compelled to share it with you, my loyal blog readers. Here’s to setting SMARTER goals in 2013!

SMARTER means that goals should be…

Specific. What do I/we want to accomplish?

Measurable. How will I/we know when our goal is accomplished?

Actionable. Is the goal something that I/we can do something about?

Results-Oriented. Will this goal help me/we achieve other goals toward our desired end state/mission?

Time-Specific. Have I/we committed to a realistic deadline?

Enjoyable. Will I/we feel fulfilled in achieving this goal?

Relevant. Does this goal match other efforts?

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Calling All (Logic Model) Nerds

I’m a true believer that you can’t get anywhere without a map. (I can hear my husband laughing now because I’m the most directionally challenged person on the planet. I love my GPS.) But, in nonprofit speak — which is my favorite lingo! — you have to know how you plan to get where you are going. Ah, behold the logic model.

You can find endless logic model examples on Google, Wikipedia and the like. Nell Edgington at Social Velocity has a great tool that I highly recommend, a step-by-step guide for Creating a Theory of Change. Logic models are crucial tools that help businesses and nonprofits alike. I mean, sometimes I use a logic model to think about how I might attack my day. But I’m a logic model nerd, so…

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Painting a (Relationship) Picture

Anyone that knows me is probably chuckling right now that I am writing a post titled painting a picture. Lucky for you, I’m not talking about a real picture. I don’t have an ounce of artistic skill in my body.

Like I said in my last post, shifting to become a relationship mindset organization starts with believing. Your organization has to believe that relationships will achieve the mission. Your organization has to believe that money is not the only way to achieve the mission. After you believe, two important steps come next.

  1. Your organization has to look at the big picture and recognize what various people can offer toward achieving the mission. Donors are not the only people who matter.
  2. Your organization has to engage people to achieve the mission.

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The Big Picture

I had one of those moments this week. The moment where you realize… I see the big picture, but am I helping everyone else see the big picture too? Are people following me blindly, with trust that I see the light at the end of the tunnel?

I’m a big picture person. I have to know the answer to “…to what end?” at all times. When I know the big picture, my brain just works in terms of goals, strategies, tactics… you get the idea. I’m a strategy person. Beyond that, I really like to make plans that achieve the strategies I’m after. I’m a planning person. But even I get lost in the weeds some times.

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