On To the Next One: The Group Leaders Guide to Succession Planning

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A part of leadership that too often goes unexamined is how to know WHEN to step down…and then how to execute with efficiency and grace.  When we read about succession planning it is often in the context of corporate America, but it is just as important in non-professional spheres. Just because you’re deeply invested in … Read more

Fostering healthy feedback culture: Do’s, don’ts, and 11 questions to ask regularly

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Establishing the feedback loop The magic words for receiving feedback: curious, open, humble, resilient. If your group management process doesn’t already have dynamic feedback-sharing built in, it may take a little while to get the wheels turning. Be patient but be persistent. When you, the leader,  approach the group with genuine curiosity about how to … Read more

Group dynamics: groups vs. teams and why you need to account for both

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Groups vs teams: Aren’t they the same thing? Often, we think of the words ‘group’ and ‘team’ as being interchangable. We use them intuitively without need for a strong distinction. For our purposes today, let’s think of a ‘team’ as a small subset of a larger, ongoing group that comes together for a short time … Read more

Community garden revolution: radical hope in a time of crisis

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Our country is in crisis: we are in the middle of a global pandemic, record numbers of Americans are without work, and many are experiencing financial and food instability. On top of that, we are in the middle of an urgent nationwide conversation over ongoing systemic racial inequity in the wake of the murder of … Read more

Group Management Mistake: Excel Hell

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Are we all familiar with Excel Hell? This is the eventuality where your group has come to rely on spreadsheets to track membership. It makes sense that many groups would fall back on Excel: it’s readily available and most people can muddle their way through its most basic functions. But there are myriad reasons why … Read more