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A Culture of Hospitality

August 28, 2018

By Bruce Berglund Every August the Donor By Design team sets aside two days to tune-up our leadership skills at the Global Leadership Summit (GLS). Once again, the GLS didn’t disappoint. One of the many speakers was restaurateur Danny Meyer. Meyer has built one of the most successful restaurant group brands in America. (You can […]

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Talking in 3D

August 21, 2018

By Lora Dow At the recent Global Leadership Summit, Juliet Funt, CEO of Whitespace at Work shared the concept of 2D vs 3D communications. It’s a simple idea that encapsulates why our communications – within our organizations and especially with our volunteers – are sometimes more painful than they need to be. 2D communications are […]

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A Leader People Want to Follow

August 16, 2018

By Sara Luke Each year, the Donor By Design team attends the Global Leadership Summit to be inspired and challenged. Last week’s two-day summit kicked-off with one of my favorite speakers, Craig Groeschel, Co-Founder & Senior Pastor of Life. Church. His enthusiastic presentation encouraged the audience to “be a leader people want to follow.” And […]

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The Same Side of the Table

September 14, 2012

By Lora Dow At the recent Willow Creek Association Global Leadership Summit, one of my favorite speakers was William Ury, co-author of the business classic: “Getting to Yes.” (Watch his TED Talk.) I don’t particularly enjoy conflict, but he reminds us that not all disagreement is a bad thing. Conflict can be good and necessary. […]

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The Advantage of Organizational Health

August 17, 2012

By Michele Goodrich The DBD team recently attended the Willow Creek Association Global Leadership Summit in Barrington, IL. This is always a great event featuring presentations by some of the top experts in the field of leadership development. After two jam-packed days of inspiration, insights and information, I leave feeling energized and eager to find […]

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Visiting Samaria

August 23, 2011

by Lora Dow At the recent Global Leadership Summit, I took pages of notes as speaker after speaker challenged us to be better leaders, better visionaries and better people. One challenge that has stuck with me came from Brenda Salter McNeil.  She described a situation that many of us find ourselves – and our organizations […]

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The Measure of a Leader

August 12, 2010

by the Donor By Design Team One of the more fascinating discussions at the 2010 Global Leadership Summit was with Terri Kelly – CEO of WL Gore and Associates. You may know them as the creators of Gore-tex among other things. Since its founding, WL Gore and Associates has had a very loose and flexible […]

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Balancing Act

August 11, 2010

By Lora Dow The Donor By Design team spent a couple of days at a leadership conference last week.  It was a great experience, full of ideas and insights that we’ll be sharing with you here in the blog and – if you’re a client – in our day-to-day work with you. One of the […]

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