Art and Board of Director Engagement…

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Happy Friday!

On Tuesday, December 6th, I had the honor and pleasure to discuss some of the things I am most passionate about in life and in Charlotte, NC. As part of the #discussclt podcast which is produced by Charlotte Magazine (www.charlottemagazine.com) I was interviewed by Andy Smith and Andy Goh [The 2 Andy’s as I called them!) about my art and board of director involvement along with how others can get involved.

Take time to listen to the podcast and let me know what you think!

http://www.charlottemagazine.com/Charlotte-Magazine/September-2016/LISTEN-DiscussCLT-Podcast-Episode-8/

Have an awesome day!

Cheers.

Keith Cradle (@mrcradle on IG/Twitter)

JSW Coffee Talk…

 

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Good Morning and Happy Wednesday!

Wow. It has been a month of Sundays since I have last written but it feels good to be back! And don’t call it a comeback…because we’ve been here for years. Working. Behind the scenes. Making sure our offerings and business model is sound.

Aside from me jumping back on the blog, we are back to hosting another one of our JSW Coffee Talks this month! If you recall, our Coffee Talk series are short business sessions that allow you to get personal with the Team and gather pointers/practical lessons for your small business or nonprofit for a small cost.

This month, we are discussing ways to build effective teams and have efficient meetings so you can grow and enhance your business. The link is copied below for tickets:

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/coffee-talk-wjsw-media-august-2016-edition-registration-18490654044?aff=efbevent

http://www.jswmediagroup.com

We look forward to seeing you and helping you with your business needs.

Have an awesome day!

Cheers.

Keith Cradle –@mrcradle on IG/Twitter

 

Gala Time!

Happy Monday everyone!

I hope everyone had a great weekend and was able to continue working on your nonprofit or small business. I was fortunate enough to attend one of the best parties/fundraisers in Charlotte, NC on Friday, which happens to the Bechtler Museum’s Annual Gala. It’s an awesome time of music, silent auctions, ever-changing themes and a Who’s Who of Charlotte. If you have not made it out the previous 5 years, I suggest you add it to your 2017 list of gala’s to attend!

So, as the season of gala’s and fundraisers approaches us, please make note that development and efforts to cultivate donors and new audiences is key. One particular demographic to extend your efforts to are African-Americans. Here is a great article that sheds light on the subject and gives some valuable tips to help your engagement efforts.

http://npengage.com/nonprofit-fundraising/three-reasons-why-its-necessary-for-philanthropy-to-engage-black-americans/#

Have an awesome Monday.

Cheers.

Keith Cradle (@mrcradle Twitter/IG)

Travel Plans…

Happy New Year and welcome to the first post of the NPP for January 2016! As I look back on 2015, I want to thank you all for reading, sharing and commenting on the blog during the past 12 months. While it has not always been easy to post in a timely fashion, it has been an honor to pour information and advice into your nonprofit/small businesses. So as we move into the first quarter of the year, my hope is that the JSW Media Group can continue to be a valuable resource for all of your business needs.

I want to start the blog off this year by sharing a short story. I am recently back from Panama City, Panama, where I spent my birthday and New Years Eve/Day. The trip itself was awesome and the food/culture was just terrific.  However, there were some small hiccups during the first days there. Sharing this trip with me were two friends from Atlanta that decided to fly in and celebrate as well. Well, while my flights were unimpeded and worry free, their flights and travel plans were not. Let me explain…

The flights from ATL were late, delayed and cancelled. To top if off, they also had their luggage delayed in from MIA. So when you talk about “travel plans”, this was the definition of having alternate plans! However, they made the adjustments, became flexible to the obstacles and came to Panama with great spirits. The issues that preceded them were not enough to completely hinder the week that was laid out before them.

Well, such in life it is with business. We will have “TRAVEL PLANS” for our nonprofit/business. These plans can include a smooth ride to success, great employees, unlimited donations and grand expansion blueprints. But we all know it is not that easy. There will be delays, lost income, bad employees and at times, reasons to scale back. Given this, we need to make sure in 2016, we have our nonprofit/business “TRAVEL PLANS” ready but also knowing that we need to be flexible. Things are going to happen that we may not like but that should not be the determinant in how we feel or the success that is coming!

Stay committed to your plan in 2016. If you made it through 2015, that’s an awesome sign that you can do it again. Remember, if you need help developing a strategic plan, please contact us @ JSW Media. Do not let the year go by without addressing the issues that plagued you last year.

Have a great start to your day and your year!

Cheers.

Keith Cradle (@mrcradle on IG/Twitter)

 

 

Rushing to Red Lights…

Good Morning and I hope you are having a wonderful start to your Tuesday. It’s raining here in Charlotte but the sun is supposed to come out a bit later. We are 16 days away from the start of a new year!

Today’s blog title comes from a small phenomena that I witness [and I am quite sure you see it as well] from time to time as I am driving. It starts off with a person behind you in traffic. You may be doing the speed limit or slightly above but in no particular rush. The person behind you gets impatient and looks for ways to speed you up. Either they get close to your bumper or begin to switch lanes in hopes the person in the other lane will be a speed demon or get the hint and go faster. However it happens, they finally get past you only to get caught at the impending red light! All of that lane switching and impatience led them to the exact same place you were headed as well. LOL The red light. They just got there faster. And then you look at them just to see what all the fuss was about!

It’s very interesting to me to see people “rush to the red light.” As if getting to a designated area of stagnation is a true achievement. Myself, I have learned to enjoy the journey. The time spent getting to my arrival point. The red lights will be there. No need to rush to them! And I will not have others in traffic push me to them faster. I will decide how fast or slow I want to drive. But what’s even more interesting is when I drive slower and take my time, the lights seem to change as I get there, helping me avoid the long waiting time at the red light.

Take from that what you will. But in life as in business, we will have plenty of anxious moments, times we speed and many times where we get caught at red lights. The message is to not rush and be pushed to points of stagnation. You need to dictate the tempo and flow of your business. If it needs to be sped up, you control that. If you need to slow it down, do that instead. Only you know what’s best for your business. So let the others go around you and rush to the red lights. The funny thing is, by taking your time, you will be right beside them in no time and arrive as the light changes so you can keep on moving.

As always, if you need help with your business development, you can reach out to us @ JSW Media (www.jswmediagroup.com).

Have an awesome day!

Cheers.

Keith Cradle (@mrcradle on IG/Twitter)

Great Article on Fundraising…

Good Afternoon All,

As fundraising season kicks into high gear, here is a great article with some quantitative measures regarding fundraisers and their turnover. One of the keys to successful nonprofit management is hiring and retaining staff that can fundraise appropriately and develop sustainable relationships with donors.

I will write a short piece soon on fundraising as well as strategic planning that coincides with fundraising efforts but for now, enjoy this piece from the Nonprofit Times!

http://www.thenonprofittimes.com/news-articles/survey-40-of-fundraisers-end-up-fired/?r=ig-mo

 

Cheers.

Keith Cradle (@mrcradle on IG/Twitter)

Organizational Culture…

Good Morning All and I hope/pray you are having an awesome Wednesday! We are in the third week of October, with Halloween right around the corner. Which will essentially means we have 2 more months left in 2015.  As we prepare to close out the year, the most recent blog posts have been about getting ready for 2016. So today, I want to continue that trend and make sure we are preparing correctly plus finding out if there is some retooling that needs to be done before January 1st, 2016.

Today, I want to touch on “Organizational Culture.” This concept is so important because it helps define what type of nonprofit you are or want to be. It also helps staff, volunteers, potential donors connect to the mission/vision of the organization.  Culture in society plays a huge role in crafting and keeping traditions.  And traditions are key for consistency, value creation and continued development.

Take a look at your agency or current employment assignment and try to determine what the “Organizational Culture” is. Is it one of empowerment? A culture that breeds gossip and deception? Or does it pass on positive traditions that invest people into the long-term goals?  The “Organizational Culture” that is created can speak volumes and determine possible successes and failures.

But alas, the “Organizational Culture” comes from those that are in charge. So if you are the Executive Director, Boss or Director, just know that it is a top down approach. If your staff is negative and back-biting, chances are they got that from you! And just the opposite. A leader that fosters positivity, openness and growth usually gets that back from those they employ or supervise.  So you have to ask yourself, who I am or who do I want to be as a leader?

“Organizational Culture” is one of the tabs that is hard to quantify but can easily be qualified. Word of mouth is powerful and you should pay attention to the things people say about your nonprofit/small business.  If you need help defining or understanding your organizations culture, please contact us at JSW Media Group so we can get you started on the right path!

http://www.jswmediagroup.com/

Thank you for reading and have an awesome day.

Cheers.

Keith Cradle (@mrcradle on IG/Twitter)