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Articles of the Week: Relax You’ll Be More Effective, How to Create Big Impact, Be More Creative, and More

Relax, You’ll Be More Effective by Tony Schwartz in The New York Times

Collective Impact: Large-scale social change requires broad cross-sector coordination, yet the social sector remains focused on the isolated intervention of individual organizations by John Kania & Mark Kramer for Stanford Social Innovation Review

4 Ways to Amplify Your Creativity by Bruce Nussbaum for Fast Company

The Strategic Plan is Dead. Long Live Strategy: In today’s fast-changing world, why freeze your strategic thinking in a five-year plan? By Dana O’Donovan & Noah Rimland Flower for Stanford Social Innovation Review

For more on this topic, see here and here.


Articles of the Week: Nonprofit or For-Profit, How to Configure Your Team, Hillary Clinton the “Failure” and More

Hillary: A Lesson in Failure by Ian Bassin

How to Configure Your Startup Team by Mark Suster

Should Your Business be a Nonprofit or For-Profit by Jane Chen

Tech’s new entrepreneurial approach to philanthropy by Jon Swartz

5 Reasons You Should Live With Your Coworkers by David Zax

Articles of the Week: Should Social Movements Ingore Social Media, the Magic of Making Headlines, and More

Why Social Movements Should Ignore Social Media by Evgeny Morozov in The New Republic

To Change the World, Fear Means Go by Lara Galinsky on the Echoing Green blog

Storytelling and the Magic of Making Headlines (and many more great publications) from M+R Strategic Services

Five Years Later, Reflections on a Merger by Michelle Nunn

Not just an option for big organizations.  It can be a good option for all sizes to come together and be more efficient and effective.  Need to leave egos at the door.  But if impact is the priority, than no one should care about credit.

Articles of the Week: Making Yourself a CEO, 5 Changes to Nonprofits in 2013, How to Allocate Your Time, and more

Making Yourself a CEO by Ben Horowitz

The article is largely about giving feedback and really well done:

To become elite at giving feedback, you must elevate yourself beyond a basic technique like the shit sandwich.  You must develop a style that matches your own personality and values. Here are the keys to being effective…

5 Things that Will Change the Way Nonprofits Work in 2013 by Suzanne Perry, Caroline Preston, and Cody Switzer in the Chronicle of Philanthropy

How Mike Rothberg Went from Sleeping on Couches to Running a $5 Million VC Fund by Alyson Shontell

You might read this and say “Yeah, he went to Stanford and Harvard, giving him a great network.  He’s basically starting from third base.”  Certainly helps a ton.  But what I love about this story is the bare-bones living and do-whatever-it-takes approach.

How to Allocate Your Time, and Your Effort by Elizabeth Grace Saunders in

One of the better time management articles I’ve read — a ton of great actionable advice.

The rules changed when I started my own business over seven years ago. I realized that doing A-work in everything limited my success.

Articles of the Week: 5 Tips to Become a Master Networker, Creating Company Culture, and More

A round-up of my favorite articles from the week that could be helpful to aspiring entrepreneurs, startup founders, and anyone looking to make something happen.

Become a Master Networker: 5 Quick Tips

Best explanation of what makes the best networkers I’ve seen.  Some of it might feel counterintuitive or counterproductive, but it’s spot-on.

Programming Your Culture by Ben Horowitz

Ideally, a cultural design point will be trivial to implement, but will have far reaching behavioral consequences. Key to this kind of mechanism is shock value.

The Future of You by Thomas Chamorrow-Premuzic on

Welcome to a new era of work, where your future depends on being a signal in the noisy universe of human capital. In order to achieve this, you will need to master three things: self-branding, entrepreneurship, and hyperconnectivity.

Managing Startups: Best Posts of 2012 

Articles of the Week: 10 Reasons People Resist Change, 5 Mentors Every Entrepreneur Must Have, 1 Simple Trick to Creativity, and More

A round-up of my favorite articles from the week that could be helpful to aspiring entrepreneurs, startup founders, and anyone looking to make something happen.

10 Reasons People Resist Change by Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Harvard Business Review

5 Mentors Every Entrepreneur Must Have by Joanna Lord,

5 Ways to Push Your Company Past the Startup Phase by James Green, Mashable

1 Simple Trick to Creativity — Constrain Yourself by Daniel Epstein,

How Nonprofits Convince Millennials to Give: Customize the Cause by Victor Luckerson, TIME

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