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Jun 18, 2024

In episode 100 of Mission: Impact, Carol Hamilton goes solo to celebrate this special 100th episode. She reflects on the insights and lessons learned from her podcasting journey exploring nonprofit leadership and organizational health. Celebrating a significant milestone, she emphasizes the importance of creating diverse, equitable, and inclusive cultures, addressing toxic organizational behaviors, and reimagining a healthier nonprofit sector. Through her conversations with various guests, she highlights the need for aligning mission and operations, valuing human-centric approaches, and fostering collaborative and supportive environments. The episode concludes with a call to action for nonprofit leaders to prioritize relationships, self-care, and a balanced, sustainable approach to their impactful work.


Episode highlights:

10 Lessons from 100 Episodes

**[00:01:16]** Reflection on various aspects of nonprofit leadership, from organizational cultures to sector-wide health.


 Lessons on Organizational Culture

**[00:03:32]** Lesson 1: A healthy organizational culture cultivates diverse, equitable, inclusive, and welcoming space by design.


**[00:04:28]** Lesson 2: Identifying and moving away from toxic organizational cultures characterized by lack of clarity, microaggressions, internal competition, and unaddressed conflicts.


 Overwork and Martyrdom in Nonprofits

**[00:06:13]** Lesson 3: Addressing overwork, perfectionism, and martyrdom, and understanding their prevalence in the sector.


 Healthy Nonprofit Organizational Cultures

**[00:12:00]** Lesson 4: Characteristics of healthy organizational cultures, including openness to mistakes, effective conflict management, clear roles, and strategic redundancy.


 Importance of Relationships

**[00:16:03]** Lesson 5: Emphasizing the importance of relationships in all aspects of nonprofit work and leadership.


 Collaborative Support

**[00:17:22]** Lesson 6: You Don’t have to go it alone! Encouraging leaders to seek support through coaching, peer groups, and collaborations.


 Defining Unique Contributions

**[00:18:27]** Lesson 7: Finding and claiming a unique niche based on strengths and contributions.


 Grace and Cultural Humility

**[00:21:00]** Lesson 8: Practicing grace, compassion, and cultural humility within organizational contexts.


 Organizational Alignment

**[00:21:22]** Lesson 9: Highlighting the power of alignment in organizational goals, strategies, and values.


 Embracing Human Imperfection

**[00:23:11]** Lesson 10: Emphasizing the importance of being human first in all things and embracing imperfection.


 Reimaging the nonprofit sector

**[00:23:49]** Carol poses important questions about redefining the nonprofit sector, making work sustainable, and promoting play, creativity, and thriving in the workplace.


Important Links and Resources:

Laziness does not exist by Dr. Devon Price

Start Finishing by Charlie Gilkie


Related Episodes:

My top 10 lessons from 100 episodes:

  1. In order to cultivate healthy organizational cultures, the culture has to be diverse, equitable, inclusive, welcoming by design. It has to center cultural competence and cultural humility. 

    1. Episode 56: Applying an equity lens to your work

    2. Episode 39: Equity highlights from 2020 and 2021

  2. What a toxic organizational culture looks and feels like

    1. Episode 11: Nonprofit Organizational healing 

    2. Episode 36: Conflict and Nonprofit Organizational Culture 

  3. Why overwork, perfectionism and martyrdom are so prevalent in our sector

    1. Episode 5: Preventing burnout in the nonprofit sector 

    2. Episode 38: An invitation to do less

    3. Episode 50: Why more money and more staff are not always the answer

  4. What are we striving for instead? What a healthy organizational culture actually looks like

    1. Episode 62: Healthy organizational culture highlights

    2. Episode 63: Healthy organizational culture highlights

  5. It is all about relationships!

    1. Episode 45 Authentic marketing for your nonprofit

    2. Episode 65: Building a ladder of engagement

    3. Episode 67: Get that money honey

  6. You do not have to do it alone!

    1. Episode 4: Strategic partnering for nonprofits 

    2. Episode 21: Investing in the next generation of nonprofit leaders 

    3. Episode 42: Building shared nonprofit governance 

    4. Episode 76: You don’t have to go it alone

  7. Find your unique contribution

    1. Episode 99: Elevating nonprofit governance and leadership

  8. Give yourself and others grace and compassion with a healthy dose of cultural humility

  9. There is grace and power in organizational alignment

    1. Episode 94: Navigating power and conflict

    2. Episode 90: Five steps to a successful nonprofit strategic plan

  10.  Be human first in all things


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