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DT #168: July Roundup (2019)

As is customary, the month of July concludes with your favorite podcast co-hosts sharing their updates from the month, providing some podcast news, and discussing some key takeaways from the interview shows.  In this episode, they also tease a big upcoming announcement.

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DT #167: Does Your Organization Need An Audit?

How often should a non-profit organization’s financial statements be audited? If you serve on the managment team or on the board of directors for a non-profit organization, this should be a topic of discussion at least annually. In this episode, Dennis and Jason discuss the merits of

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DT #166: Effective Strategies for Group Conversations with Ed Morrison

Effective strategies for a community are not created in a vacuum.  They require people to come together in conversation, but the nature of the conversation is very important. Don’t shortchange the conversation. The questions you should consider are: What could we do? What should we do? What

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DT #165: Strategic Planning v Strategic Doing with Ed Morrison

Strategic planning helps us determine the best way to expend our limited resources and works best in a command and control hierarchy. How do we effectively deploy strategic planning in communities when we can’t actually tell people what to do? Enter strategic doing.  This is a set

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DT #164: 9 Quick Interviews from the MidAmerican EDC Conference

In a podcast first, Dennis recorded on-site at the MidAmerican EDC best practices conference last week. This episode features 9 quick interviews and you will hear everything from talent to opportunity zones and from professional football to landing the Foxconn deal. Jennifer Hackman, EMSI Rebekah Kowalski, Manpower

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DT #163: Mentoring Works with Lisa Dughi Part 2 of 2

If we want a stronger talent pool, we must embrace a strategy of encouragement and mentorship with our young people.  Positive role models can be incredibly influential and can come in many forms. Although mentoring sounds like a huge commitment and a big formal process, it can

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DT #162: Community Projects For Generations

Community projects are a lot of work.  They can take tremendous social, political, and financial capital and may take years or even decades to complete. Too many projects launch without a long-term source of sustainable funding.  Don’t let your project be one of them. In this episode,

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DT #161: When is it Time to Change Jobs?

Our personal and professional lives will always have peaks and valleys.  Most of the time, we can work through the slumps, but on occasion, a prolonged slump may be an indication a job change is necessary. How do we know when it is the right time? In

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DT #160: Better Labor Market Information with Jason Long

Better data drives better decisions- especially when it comes to attracting, retaining, and developing talent.  How do you get good, local, reliable data on wages and benefits for your market? In this episode, Jason Long, CEO of Sensible Surveys, joins the podcast to talk about the role

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DT #159: Tips for a Solid Board Orientation Process

When you are busy doing other things as a non-profit executive, sometimes your board orientation process can be an after-thought.  However, onboarding new board members sets the tone for their tenure and serves as the foundation of good governance. In this episode, Dennis and Jason share some

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