Beth Briggs

Craft Your Personal Mission Statement

| by Beth Briggs

Do you ever think about your personal mission statement? As members of the philanthropic and business communities, our organizations’ mission statements are important, encouraged, and expected.  Yet few people actually develop their own personal mission statement. Throughout the …

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Surviving an Initial Job Interview

| by Beth Briggs

I love conducting job searches.  Throughout my career, I have had the honor of coordinating searches for presidents of foundations, nonprofit executive directors, pastors, senior-level staff members, development directors, and more. In any search, there is one objective and that is to b…

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References Make a Difference

| by Beth Briggs

References have a tremendous impact on the decision to hire a qualified individual. Therefore, it is surprising that candidates often do not give adequate attention to preparing their professional references. References validate the candidate’s experience and ability to perform a job. …

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Applying for a Job is Not for the Faint of Heart

| by Beth Briggs

Applying for a new job is intimidating.  You might be rejected. Someone you have never met is going to evaluate your qualifications based upon a document. You are expected to make a good impression, often with limited information.   But if you are looking for a new job, you are go…

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Do You Know Where You Are Going?

| by Beth Briggs

In Stephen Covey’s book, Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Covey suggests that the second most significant habit to develop is “Begin With the End in Mind”.   In creating highly effective nonprofits, knowing the end game is a key component to succ…

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Leadership – Key to a Successful Nonprofit

| by Beth Briggs

Strong and committed leadership is the difference between a good nonprofit and a great nonprofit.   Formidable leadership starts with a board of directors who understand and accept their roles and responsibilities and give ge…

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Time Keeps on Slipping into the Future

| by Beth Briggs

I love this line from the old Steve Miller song.  July is here, and time continues her march at an incredible pace whether we are having fun or not.  July is the reminder, we are more than halfway through the year!   It seems like yesterday we celebrated the New Year, Valenti…

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A Tribute to Friends Who Inspired Us

| by Beth Briggs

Today I attended a funeral for a special man. The Reverend Joseph G. Vetter, better known to his friends as Father Joe, passed away on May 7, 2018. He was born in Greensboro, ordained into the Priesthood in Havelock, North Carolina, and spent his life serving the Catholic Church in the state…

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Succession Planning Without Fear

| by Beth Briggs

“Replace fear of the unknown with curiosity” – Albert Einstein The transition and retirement of nonprofit executives is a major challenge facing the philanthropic sector.  Many executive directors came of age in the 1970s and 1980s and spent their careers working to b…

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