…. wait. What? This sounds like injustice. It’s wrong to be nicer to the rich person than the poor person, or to open more doors for the White person than the Black person, or to listen more seriously to the man than to the woman. So we should treat all…

When I was a young, creative, go-getter leader, I had a conversation with another young, creative, go-getter leader, that I still remember. We got talking about books we had read, books that instructed or inspired us, books we enthusiastically promoted to others — and my friend said this: “Leaders are…

You want smart people in your organization. When the smartest person in the room is speaking, listen. They probably have an above-average ability to sort good ideas from bad ideas, to introduce factors into the discussion others haven’t thought of, to make connections others might miss, to point out flaws…

As I write, yesterday we buried our dear cat Taffy. She was a soft, quiet, beautiful, gentle soul with a goofy, cross-eyed visage. Sad goodbyes. Maybe you’ve been there.

It gives me the opportunity to offer a word of thanks to animal charities, a group within the larger nonprofit world…

You have a choice. You can carry on, or you can innovate. I’m not going to say, “You MUST innovate! The world is changing so rapidly, innovate or DIE!” No. If things are going well, maybe you can get by with carrying on.

Carrying on is efficient. It’s a great…

Michael Jaffarian

I'm a consultant to nonprofits, with an emphasis on research. I help nonprofits thrive & change the world. Also an artist & gardener. www.michaeljaffarian.com.

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