These two terms are often used interchangeably but they are really quite different from one another. The manager’s job is to plan, organize, and coordinate, while the leader’s job is to inspire and motivate. In his 1989 book “On Becoming a Leader,” Warren Bennis composed a list of the distinctions:

  • The manager administers; the leader innovates.
  • The manager imitates; the leader originates.
  • The manager thinks short term; the leader thinks long-term.
  • The manager maintains; the leader develops.
  • A manager focuses on systems and structure; the leader focuses on people.

    Anyone who knows me well, knows of my deep and abiding love for — and commitment to — Israel. I have traveled to the Land of the Bible more than 20 times and never grow tired of visiting the biblical sites I have read about since my youth. Over the years, I have also developed many strong relationships in Israel and consider my Israeli acquaintances to be good and true friends. 

    When the American Christian Leaders For Israel, an extension of the US Branch of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, asked Christian leaders to sign a letter to the presidential

    Expectation of Excellence

    The other day I was talking with a client about what information needed to go on their website.  When a potentially thorny issue was being discussed for inclusion on the site, I thought of the following true story.

    There was a car wash in Decatur, Ill., where I used to live. When it first opened it was very popular. One day someone claimed their car was scratched by the brushes; in response the owner put up a sign: “Not responsible for scratches to your vehicle.” Soon someone claimed that the brushes bent their antenna; the owner put up another sign

    10 Mistakes Not to Make With Your Donors

    MISTAKE #1

    Assume Your Donors Know All About Your Organization

    In anything we do it is important to master the fundamentals. Often organizations get so caught up in the busyness of fundraising tactics that they forget about the fundamentals. There are Four Fundamentals every donor needs to know and understand about your organization.

    1. Your Purpose – the need you meet
    2. Your Mission – your inspiring plan of action
    3. Your Vision – how things will change
    4. Their Role – How they can make a difference

    The more effectively you communicate these Four Fundamentals, the more your donors will engage

    It was just a few years ago when words “convergence” and “integration” emerged onto the scene. Until that time in the non-profit world, Media, Donor Development, Public Relations, and Creative were each unique disciplines that operated independently of one another.

    Because agencies typically specialized in a single discipline, it would not be unusual for a single organization to have a media production company, a fundraising agency, a creative agency and a public relations firm. In fact, this model often remains the case today – but the world is changing. Read on…

    With the advent of the Internet and Digital technology,