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The Survive & Thrive podcast features Jennifer Ayres, host, and co-Founder of Concinnity. With over 20 years leading large-scale global transformation programs for Fortune 500 companies, her purpose is to help the conscious leader create meaningful and sustainable change by helping companies realize their most ambitious goals. The Survive & Thrive podcast will highlight ideas, learnings, and stories about organizational and personal transformation, by featuring clients, and other notable lea ...
 
Voice of Influence: Personal Brand and Communication Strategy for Message-Driven Leaders is a podcast featuring interviews with thought leaders and experts who have a highly developed voice of influence. Creative, message-driven leaders will appreciate the support, insight and advice that will help them develop their own voice and compelling communication that makes a difference in the world.
 
Learn how to make the most out of your nonprofit technology with this free podcast. Only 50% of nonprofit technology projects succeed. The technology moves forward, but the organization stays in place. Why? Because although new technology can be powerful, it can’t transform a nonprofit on its own. Technology change is organizational change. Change management is key. Build Consulting has extensive experience transforming nonprofit organizations. We combine deep data and information technology ...
 
Changing Higher Ed is dedicated to helping higher education leaders improve their institutions. We offer the latest in higher ed news and insights from some of the top experts in higher education who share their perspectives on how you can grow your institution. Host, Dr. Drumm McNaughton is a top higher education consultant, renowned leader, and pioneer in strategic management systems and leadership boards. He's one of a select group with executive leadership experience in academe, nonprofi ...
 
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Dr Phil Richardson explores how to solve complex problems in strategy, innovation and change management using business models created from biological systems. Based on 3.8 billion years of evolution biological systems can provide a unique, if not counterintuitive way of thinking differently. The approach has been successfully used in product and service development, creating new ways of working, improving collaboration and delivering disruptive change.
 
Gain insights into how you can enhance your thinking to make improvements in all areas of your work and life. Thinking for Success is a fortnightly podcast designed to give you practical steps to take to become more personally effective. Each episode highlights easy to apply tips, tools and ideas to help you focus on getting your thinking right, so you take the right actions and then get the results you want.
 
The Uptake with Anna Chu is a new show on all things tech and community. Host Anna Chu will be traveling and introducing you to people all over the world as she follows the path of Microsoft Ignite The Tour. The show covers topics in the world of tech, as well as uncovers people’s journeys - and how-tos - of professional learning, development and community building. You will meet inspiring people in the community of tech and get inspired to be a part of a vast and expanding community in your ...
 
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Everyone desires to fulfill their life purpose. As workers spend a lot of their time at their jobs, it can be challenging for them to find the time to pursue their purpose outside of the workplace. Fortunately, there are ways that organizational leaders can help their staff members achieve a sense of purpose within their professions, and reap the b…
 
Nonprofit organizations collect a lot of donor data in their CRM systems. But what is the quality of that data? And what insights are nonprofits getting from that data to help increase donations? Listen to Build Consulting’s development/fundraising operations and CRM experts, who offer ideas and answer your questions about how to take your donor da…
 
Podcast Summary Dr. Drumm McNaughton interviews Allison Jegla and Richard Light, co-authors of a new book that offers no-cost to low-cost suggestions that just about anyone in higher education can use to improve their institutions. The book, Becoming Great Universities: Small Steps for Sustainable Excellence takes an optimistic approach to making b…
 
Does your workforce have a positive culture? On this episode of the Survive & Thrive podcast, join host Jennifer Ayres as she speaks with Devin Basinger, SVP of People and Operations at H1. With his strong background as an operator, strategist, and people leader in entrepreneurial endeavors, Devin has learned how to support positive company culture…
 
Podcast Summary Dr. Drumm McNaughton interviews Martha Larson, Energy Manager at Minnesota’s Carleton College, about how colleges and universities can reduce their operating costs through the use of green technologies. Podcast Highlights Martha Larson explains that higher education institutions have a responsibility to act as role models by changin…
 
As founder and managing director of CFO Systems LLC, Brett Frevert has helped clients grow their businesses through a variety of innovative methods. He has an extensive resume of providing financial leadership to successful companies across the Midwest including SIRE, New Balance Commodities, Transgenomic, Heron Lake BioEnergy, AXIS, Capital, First…
 
Improving diversity in the workforce is a work in progress for many industries, especially in the high-tech sector. Unfortunately, studies and statistics prove that the technology industry has a serious problem with workforce diversity, with vastly uneven employment rates for underrepresented members. This, along with unfair wage gaps for underrepr…
 
Podcast Summary Dr. Drumm McNaughton interviews Michael Petrilli, president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, about his new article discussing the downturn in college enrollment rates – and why that trend might be a good thing. Podcast Highlights Over the course of the global pandemic in the past two years, nearly one million students that might …
 
In Pt 2, Build Consulting expert Peter Mirus presents an interactive webinar on CRM Database manager characteristics to look for when hiring, how to manage this position, and how to improve in this role at your organization. Finding, developing, and retaining good CRM database managers (including for systems like The Raiser’s Edge and Salesforce) i…
 
What are the driving forces behind creating a valuable company? In this interview Marla DiCarlo, CEO of Raincatcher, shares insights from her experience helping business owners prepare to sell their businesses. She shares attributes of a scalable business model, 8 factors that drive the value of your business, and the importance of being prepared w…
 
Employee experience has become a hot-button topic recently, and for good reason. With study after study showing a positive employee experience and company culture leads to improved employee retention, easier recruiting, and even boosted production; it’s no wonder why it’s on everyone’s mind. But do you really know what employee experience means and…
 
Jill Ellsworth is the founder and CEO of Willow Industries. She is a creative and dynamic serial entrepreneur, with a proven track record of building and scaling companies in the health and safety sector. Jill has a background in science and consumer safety. As a Registered Dietitian with a Master of Science in Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Science…
 
Like it or not, employment has changed over the course of the pandemic. Employees have been given a taste of flexibility and they aren’t eager to give it up. However, that shift in thinking toward the employee experience can be incredibly powerful for both employees and employers, if used correctly. On this episode of the Survive & Thrive podcast, …
 
In Pt 1, Build Consulting expert Peter Mirus presents an interactive webinar on CRM Database manager characteristics to look for when hiring, how to manage this position, and how to improve in this role at your organization. Finding, developing, and retaining good CRM database managers (including for systems like The Raiser’s Edge and Salesforce) i…
 
Have you ever left a meeting wondering what the plan really is and how the team will know if it's successful? Have you ever asked someone to complete a task and you end up wondering if it was completed? There is an art to using opening and closing communication loops and there are consequences, as well. In this episode Andrea breaks down three diff…
 
Now that we’re slowly entering a post-pandemic world, we need HR to reflect what we’ve learned. Whether it’s a focus on the “human” part of Human Resources or the evolution we’ve seen in recruitment and employee retention, some HR trends are here to stay. On this episode of the Survive & Thrive podcast, join host Jennifer Ayres as she takes a close…
 
While the last few years have taught us a rigid plan can be problematic in times of great change, scrambling to create a plan under pressure isn’t great either. With “The Great Resignation” in full swing, it’s clear organizations can benefit from effective workforce development strategies now more than ever. On this episode of the Survive & Thrive …
 
Angela Healy is the CEO and Co-Owner of AvenueWest Managed Corporate Housing. Angela has a strong record of leadership in real estate investment, real estate management and franchise ownership, business development and commercial banking with more than 25 years of industry experience. She is the co-owner of multiple AvenueWest Managed Corporate Hou…
 
Deana Rich is a highly respected payments industry professional with unparalleled risk, operations and compliance experience. She is the Co-CEO & Co-Founder of Infinicept (2014), combining her consulting experience with SaaS based software that allows payment facilitators to get up and running in weeks – not years. And she is that Co-Founder and Pu…
 
The Great Resignation has taught us that it isn’t quite as simple as hiring new employees to replace those that leave or fill skill gaps. Instead of trying to find the right outside candidate that has all the skills you require, upskilling your existing workforce could be the answer. On this episode of the Survive & Thrive podcast, we’re diving int…
 
Podcast Summary Dr. Drumm McNaughton interviews Dr. Paul Alexander, president of Trinity Bible College and Graduate School, about Trinity's turnaround, which is a roadmap for a higher education institution turnaround. Podcast Highlights Build coalitions. Make sure relationships are preeminent. Everything happens out of those bonds. Make sure you cr…
 
In Part 2, Build Consulting expert Peter Mirus presents an interactive webinar offering insights from his years of experience as an executive and consultant, and answering participant questions on driving successful technology projects. What you’ll learn: What does it mean for a project to be a “success?” What are the key elements your organization…
 
Podcast Summary Dr. Drumm McNaughton interviews Dr. Ashley Finley, Vice President of Research and Senior Advisor to the President for the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), where they talk about the study "On the Same Page? Administrator and Faculty Views on What Shapes College Learning and Student Success." Podcast Highligh…
 
Todd Ablowitz is a globally acknowledged authority on payment technology, mobile payments and emerging payments trends. Todd spent a dozen years working in the industry before founding Double Diamond consulting in 2008 to help payments industry clients – from the industry’s top brands to up-and-coming technology innovators – solve their most critic…
 
Do your employees feel psychologically safe at work? On this episode of the Survive & Thrive podcast, join host Jennifer Ayres as she chats with Dr. Amber Tichenor, CEO of TO BE Coaching + Consulting. With over 20 years in organizational strategy and consulting, Amber is well versed in helping leaders cultivate a healthy work environment. She has a…
 
In Part 1, Build Consulting expert Peter Mirus presents an interactive webinar offering insights from his years of experience as an executive and consultant, and answering participant questions on driving successful technology projects. What you’ll learn: What does it mean for a project to be a “success?” What are the key elements your organization…
 
We continue our series interviewing emerging and mid-market CEO's today with a conversation with Mike Tringe. Mike is the co-founder and CEO of CreatorUp, a global digital production company that makes impactful videos for organizations of all sizes to help them teach, tell, sell, and inspire using the power of digital media. Mike has worked for ov…
 
As a leader, it can be difficult to find the time to think about the mental, emotional, and physical struggles your staff is facing every day. However, not thinking about your employee well-being and wellness programs could be impacting your bottom line and making your life harder. Join host Jennifer Ayres on this episode of the Survive & Thrive po…
 
Podcast Summary. Dr. Drumm McNaughton interviews Gerry Czarnecki, the recently retired chairman and longtime board member of National University System, about the changing role of the boards of trustees in higher education. Podcast Highlights Boards can no longer be rubber stamps. They need to ask difficult questions and analyze institutional data …
 
Part 2: More than ever, the data associated with constituents and how they engage with your organization are strategic assets worthy of investments. This webinar covered how to define CRM for your organization, the current state of CRM technology options, common challenges in organizational adoption of CRM, and how to get your organization aligned …
 
Today we're kicking off a new series with emerging and mid-market CEOs. We've been talking to a number of folks lately who are looking for answers for the same questions, so the opportunity to be able to ask these CEOs about their perspective and experiences is invaluable. We're kicking off the series with Paige Goss. Paige is a dynamic executive w…
 
Workers want a hybrid work model, which means how you establish and maintain your organization’s culture is evolving. On this episode of the Survive & Thrive podcast, join host Jennifer Ayres as she looks at how you can foster an inclusive culture in a hybrid work model. Jennifer looks at the most recent data and surveys that point to this workplac…
 
Part 1: More than ever, the data associated with constituents and how they engage with your organization are strategic assets worthy of investments. This webinar covered how to define CRM for your organization, the current state of CRM technology options, common challenges in organizational adoption of CRM, and how to get your organization aligned …
 
It’s the Voice of Influence Five Year Anniversary! In this Episode Andrea shares what she’s learned on the journey. We would also love to have you listen to her interview with Paul Casey on the Grow Forward Today Podcast. Here are the links and notes for that interview. Apple Podcast Spotify Paul and Andrea discuss some of her roots and education, …
 
Being able to manage and adapt to changes can be the difference between your organization simply surviving or thriving. If the COVID-19 pandemic taught us anything, it’s that these changes are often unexpected and happen quickly, making effective change management even more important than you might have thought before. But as we see light at the en…
 
We're talking about leadership through contentious times as a public servant today on the show. Mellissa Heermann is a life-long learner, advocate for youth, community leader and public servant. She has helped lead the Brookings school district in Brookings, South Dakota through a time of great conflict during the pandemic. She is a mother of three…
 
As we continue our look at the “Future of Work,” the workplace remains a hot-button topic for many. More and more, studies have found that flexibility is what’s desired most from employees but how can organizations make that pivot successfully? Join hosts Jennifer Ayres and Lisa Insley as they talk with special guest Luke Thomas about the role tech…
 
Part 2: Are you leaving your information strategy up to chance? To move your nonprofit organization to the next level, you need to create and promote an information strategy that defines how information supports your mission. A good information strategy is defined in 5 important steps: Leadership must be engaged in data governance—if leadership doe…
 
Bill Flynn is the author of Further, Faster: The Vital Few Steps that take the Guesswork out of Growthand we wanted to replay the conversation we had at the beginning of the Coronavirus outbreak. We had a really interesting conversation about building a business and what the characteristics are of somebody who builds a business that endures. Obviou…
 
Workplace inclusion was a hot topic in 2021 and it’s only becoming hotter in 2022. As prospective candidates focus more on looking for organizations that match their ideals, concepts like workplace inclusion is topping the list. However, it’s important we examine if we’re actually accomplishing anything as we get started in 2022. That’s precisely w…
 
Part 1: Are you leaving your information strategy up to chance? To move your nonprofit organization to the next level, you need to create and promote an information strategy that defines how information supports your mission. A good information strategy is defined in 5 important steps: Leadership must be engaged in data governance—if leadership doe…
 
We're going back to a special episode this week! Whether you’re working with people one-on-one, an executive working with a team, or you’re a parent who wants to the best come out of your kids, you’ve been tasked the challenging and rewarding work of helping others find their voice. In this episode, I’m talking about what it looks like to help othe…
 
One of the biggest “Future of Work” questions facing employers around the world is how their employees will be working. There has been much discussion about remote work but the verdict appears to be in. According to several studies, workers want flexibility. On this special episode of the Survive & Thrive podcast, host Jennifer Ayres is joined by C…
 
Today’s guest, Dr. Trevor Blattner, is a podcast host, author of the book Redefining The Top 1%, and a leading thinker on Shepherd Leadership—a modern approach to leadership designed to encourage leadership that guides, supports, and uplifts. With over 20 years of research and coaching, Dr. Blattner has developed a model of leadership that breaks f…
 
Part 2 covers your questions on how to know if your organization really needs a new CRM, and what CRMs to consider. The competition in the nonprofit CRM market has become increasingly fierce over the past couple of years. The number of viable competitors has increased, and their systems present a wide range of different features for you to consider…
 
Our guest this week lives her mantra, "Together everyone achieves more." A true community advocate and advisor, Candice Price is the mother of two girls and the proud owner of three businesses. She is a member of the New Leaders Council, a nationwide organization that works to recruit, train, and promote civically engaged leaders in business and in…
 
On this week’s episode of the Survive & Thrive podcast, host Jennifer Ayres takes a closer look at workforce automation as a part of our ongoing series about the future of work. When people think of the word “automation,” robots and heavy machinery come to mind. But it might surprise you just how many daily workforce tasks can be aided or simplifie…
 
Podcast Summary Dr. Drumm McNaughton interviews Tom O’Reilly, president of Pine Manor College, about the College’s efforts to change course financially and, once the pandemic emerged, to merge with Boston College in a way that honors their tradition of serving first-generation students. Podcast Highlights Leaders need to spend time creating a Plan …
 
The competition in the nonprofit CRM market has become increasingly fierce over the past couple of years. The number of viable competitors has increased, and their systems present a wide range of different features for you to consider. This situation has raised many questions from our clients, including: What are the types of CRMs on the market for…
 
The pandemic has dramatically impacted business and our everyday lives. "The Great Resignation" as it's been frequently called has seen millions of workers voluntarily leave their jobs, leaving organizations scrambling. As we continue our discussion about the future of work, it's time to think about employee retention and engagement in more interes…
 
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