Getting People’s Attention

For several years I went without a wristwatch. I had accidentally driven my car over the cheap Timex I owned, and I soon realized that I didn’t really need a new one. Clocks are everywhere – on computer screens, in most meeting rooms, on car dashboards, hanging outside banks – and if I still needed to know the time, I figured I could simply look at my cellphone. And I did.

That worked well until I bought a smart phone. Now when I reach for my phone to check the time I see that I have three new emails. Continue reading

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The Big Squeeze

When I was a kid, I loved the TV series “Batman.” There was a scene in every other episode, it seemed, where the caped crusader found himself trapped in a room with ominously spiked walls. The walls, of course, then started moving in to impale and crush him (“Holy chamber of death, Batman!”), while the Joker or the Riddler or another of the arch villains laughed maniacally. My nine-year-old self loved it, knowing all the while that Batman would somehow survive.

The nonprofit world finds itself in such a room right now – no spikes, and no special effects, but the big squeeze is on. It’s coming from four sides. And no one’s laughing. Continue reading

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