July 29, 2012

I’m home now – back from my annual July sojourn at Saint Mary’s University of MN. I teach in the Masters Program in Philanthropy and Development there. What a marvelous experience each year. Intense. Broad and deep conversations. Cage-rattling questions (CRQs).

Every year, I collect CRQs: those cage-rattling questions designed to stimulate meaningful conversation that produces learning and leads to change. It takes courage to ask CRQs. Thanks, Cohort 21, for these great questions generated through our governance course together:

1. What are the read flags that we need to raise / be aware of?

2. How far are we willing to go if it means dismantling / confronting those who are most powerful…in our organizations, in our communities?

3. We’ve thought of everything. Now what did we forget?

I also collect bumper stickers from my SMU colleagues. Those catchy little phrases. Those important insights communication in a small snippet. How about these?

1. Inaction is cover up. (We were talking about Penn State and Komen and so much more.)

2. Understand how much power you have and use it wisely.


About Simone Joyaux

A consultant specializing in fund development, strategic planning, and board development, Simone P. Joyaux works with all types and sizes of nonprofits, speaks at conferences worldwide, and teaches in the graduate program for philanthropy at Saint Mary’s University, MN. Her books, Keep Your Donors and Strategic Fund Development, are standards in the field.

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