THRIVERS: Nonprofit Leadership for the Next Normal

This is a podcast for nonprofit leaders. Why?

The landscape has never been more challenging. Lots of noise competing for revenue. Staff turnover is at an all-time high. Burnout is real.

Many leaders are trying to do everything by themselves. The truth is you’re not meant to do it alone.

Welcome to THRIVERS. This is a community of nonprofits leaders sharing the best ideas, cheering each other on in their wins, and innovating in a rapidly changing world.

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EP 48: Learning from the Unique Vantage Point of Community Foundation CEOs

What does it mean to lead effectively in today’s rapidly changing world?  We approach this question often from many different angles in our work with impact-driven leaders. We recently facilitated leadership workshops at a retreat exclusively for community foundation CEOs, and it was eye-opening. So this episode, we’re talking about how community foundation CEOs can […]
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EP 47: From Implicit Expectations to Objective Agreements

Picture a leader you admire—perhaps they’re dynamic, insightful, and unwaveringly decisive.  Beneath the surface of these admirable qualities often lies a foundational skill seldom celebrated but inherently powerful: the ability to shift from subjective judgment to objective clarity. The capacity to discern fact from feeling. Learning to navigate the path from personal bias to collective […]
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EP 46: Inviting Lived Experience and Empathy to the Philanthropy Table with Carmen James Randolph

Imagine a world where philanthropy isn’t just about the size of the donation but the depth of the connection.  Where the voices of those closest to the challenges—especially those from marginalized backgrounds—are more than simply heard; they’re invited to the table, amplified, and made central to the mission. This is the vision Carmen James Randolph, […]
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EP 45: How Big Changes Happen in Small Moments with Simeon Banister

If you were asked to pick a few words that describe ideal qualities in a leader, what would they be? Maybe you’d choose words like, “focused, passionate, and confident”. All of these are excellent qualities in a leader.  Would words like “adaptable” and “learning” also make it on your list? In an era where change […]
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EP 44: Navigating Difficult Conversations

Having difficult conversations feels like walking a tightrope. Balancing between saying too much and not saying enough. Worried that saying the wrong thing can cause everything to come tumbling down or create even bigger problems.  Sarah and Tucker broach this exact topic with youth development and training experts Tabitha May-Tolub and Janai Smith and explore […]
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EP 43: Task Cohesion is More Important Than Social Cohesion

Ever wonder what makes some teams run more smoothly than a well-oiled machine while others seem to fall apart at the seams? It’s not always about having the brightest minds (though that doesn’t hurt) or even the best culture; it’s about how well a team works together towards a common goal.  Task cohesion is the […]
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EP 42: Shifting from Fundraisers to “Friend-raisers” with Joey Goone and Meagan Sweeney-Hyde

Imagine an event where every detail tells a story, connecting heart to heart, and forging bonds that last. Oh, and it successfully raises funds to support your impact-driven mission. Now, you don’t have to imagine—you can listen to effective,  practical tips on how to create these types of events. Events that are built for the […]
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EP 41: Brushstrokes of Our 10X Future

Embarking on a transformative journey, the THRIVE IMPACT team dives into the concept of “10X” – a bold approach to organizational and personal growth. The 10X concept challenges conventional norms, advocating for a radical shift from incremental progress to exponential growth.  But exponential growth doesn’t mean hyper action—it’s actually about radically doing less in order […]
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EP 40: A Lookback: 1.5 Years of Operationalizing a Strategic Plan with Greater Nashua Mental Health

The old method of strategic planning often feels like a rigid, top-down endeavor that stifles innovation and hinders genuine progress. The opposite of what it’s intended to do. It doesn’t have to be this way.  What if strategic planning was an evolving process driven by co-creation and continuous learning? A year and half later, Tucker […]
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EP 39: Mastering the Art of Saying “No”

Saying “yes” feels like the best way to be an empowering leader. More often than not, however, it leads to cluttered priorities and diluted impact. Tucker and Sarah tackle a truth that often gets lost in the hustle: not every opportunity is worth taking. Choosing what to say “yes” to is about figuring out what […]
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EP 38: Growth and Gratitude: A Leadership Year in Review with Barb Collura, Kathy Jamil, and Kirsten Taylor

The journey of leadership is marked by unique challenges and profound learnings (if you’re doing it right).  As 2023 comes to a close, this episode of THRIVERS offers a window into the reflective minds of three nonprofit leaders who have navigated these waters with resilience and innovation. Tucker and Sarah sit down with Barb Collura, […]
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EP 37: Celebrating the THRIVERS Community Journey

Leadership is a journey filled with constant evolution and growth. Sometimes that means closing one chapter to begin another. In this deeply personal and reflective episode, Tucker, accompanied by members of the THRIVERS community, takes a moment to mark the conclusion of this season of their collaborative journey.  Guests:Frankie Abralind – Founder of The Good […]
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