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  • Does your office scare away top nonprofit talent

Does Your Office Scare Away Top Talent?

August 2nd, 2017|Comments Off on Does Your Office Scare Away Top Talent?

Perhaps you've experienced a really great phone interview with a top performer that you just knew you were going to get to come join your organization, only to find out after the final interview and [...]

  • 3 keys to keep non profit talent

Retain Champions! 3 Keys to Keep Top Non-Profit Talent

August 2nd, 2017|Comments Off on Retain Champions! 3 Keys to Keep Top Non-Profit Talent

Re-examine your recruitment strategy Sometimes the key to retaining is having a good fit in the first place. Avoid the square peg round hole syndrome by partnering with professionals that know your specific nonprofit space. [...]

  • Are you paid what you are worth?

Are You Paid What You Are Worth? Non-Profit Compensation Statistics

August 2nd, 2017|Comments Off on Are You Paid What You Are Worth? Non-Profit Compensation Statistics

Looking to find out what Executive Directors and CEOs of top non-profits earn? You’ve come to the right place. The Batten Group places non-profit executives in positions all over the United States. Typically, those in [...]

  • 4 critical compensation parameters to know in 2017

4 Critical Compensation Parameters Non-Profits Must Know in 2017  

August 2nd, 2017|Comments Off on 4 Critical Compensation Parameters Non-Profits Must Know in 2017  

Maintain an Independent Compensation Committee on the Board Running a large non-profit is complex. Due to that complexity, The Batten Group, believes you have to pay fair market value in order to get the best [...]

  • 7 Key Sustainability Drivers in Non-Profits

7 Key Drivers of Sustainability in Non-Profits

August 2nd, 2017|Comments Off on 7 Key Drivers of Sustainability in Non-Profits

Money! Without money, there is no mission and there is no team. Fundraising and development have to be run by the best and the brightest team members. Fundraising activities should also be viewed as a [...]

  • Best Leadership Advice for Non-Profits

The Best Leadership Advice I Ever Received for Non-Profits

August 2nd, 2017|Comments Off on The Best Leadership Advice I Ever Received for Non-Profits

I’ve collected a lot of wisdom over the decades spent in executive leadership for non-profits and now near a decade in placing high-level talent for executive positions in non-profits. One of the best pieces of [...]

3 Technology Platforms Non-Profits Need For The Future

August 2nd, 2017|Comments Off on 3 Technology Platforms Non-Profits Need For The Future

Peer to Peer (P2P) Digital Fundraising Platforms If non-profits want to maximize the impact of their very best constituents and fundraising teams, they must enable them with their own fundraising microsite. These landing page websites [...]

Making the Right Hire: Assessing a Candidate’s Fit With Your Organization

July 28th, 2017|Comments Off on Making the Right Hire: Assessing a Candidate’s Fit With Your Organization

The process of ensuring that a candidate will be a good cultural fit for your organization can be roughly divided into three steps. Ideally, the first two steps should be completed before you even start [...]

9 Ways to Improve Your Hiring Process

December 5th, 2016|Comments Off on 9 Ways to Improve Your Hiring Process

One of the most important ongoing tasks you'll have as a business leader is hiring. It's not easy, it's a time-consuming process with monetary and reputational consequences if you make a bad hire. Taking the [...]

3 Ways to Perform Better Under Pressure

November 1st, 2016|Comments Off on 3 Ways to Perform Better Under Pressure

How to Prepare Yourself to Give the Performance of Your Life  It's a Mental Game -- What separates good athletes from extraordinary athletes is often their ability to perform in high pressure situations. "The key difference [...]

Mistakes aren’t the issue. What you do with them is.

June 10th, 2016|Comments Off on Mistakes aren’t the issue. What you do with them is.

We ask this question to every candidate we are vetting for our clients: "Tell me about a time when you made a big mistake." Then we wait to see what they say. True, confident leaders [...]

How to Lose Your Best Employees in 10 Easy Steps

September 17th, 2015|Comments Off on How to Lose Your Best Employees in 10 Easy Steps

What could be more essential to organizational success and the bottom line than talent? Yet many of the people in our employ continue to be marginalized and neglected, oftent taking a backseat to the various [...]

Become A Leader People Want To Work For: 5 Key Traits

July 14th, 2015|Comments Off on Become A Leader People Want To Work For: 5 Key Traits

Are you a great leader? There are five key traits to a great leader: 1. Vision 2. Passion 3. Decision Making Abilities 4. Team Building Skills 5. Character Key Trait #1: You must have a [...]

Counter Offer — Just Don’t Take It!

June 10th, 2015|Comments Off on Counter Offer — Just Don’t Take It!

Counteroffer - Road to Career Ruin Picture this scenario: After working several years for your current company, you feel your job has become stagnant. The working conditions have declined, or were never what you expected, [...]

Effective Delegation in Three Simple Steps

February 19th, 2015|Comments Off on Effective Delegation in Three Simple Steps

Effective Delegation in Three Simple Steps Delegation isn’t a do-it and forget-it action. “Very rarely can you have one conversation and hand somebody a project, and then boom, it magically appears exactly as you expected,” [...]

“Plan A” For Growing Future Leaders

August 25th, 2014|Comments Off on “Plan A” For Growing Future Leaders

"Plan A" For Growing Future Leaders: A Five Step Process While resource constraints are one challenge most nonprofits face, the biggest obstacle to improved leadership development may be the behavior of leaders. Many nonprofit leaders [...]

Seven Traits of Great Leaders

July 1st, 2014|Comments Off on Seven Traits of Great Leaders

Seven Traits of Great Leaders Great leaders identify, cultivate, and inspire enthusiastic followers. Some people are successful but are not leaders. They work best on their own and enrich themselves. Great leaders enlist the cooperation, [...]

5 Hiring Lessons From March Madness

March 1st, 2014|Comments Off on 5 Hiring Lessons From March Madness

Evaluate candidates using these basketball analogies: Initial Cuts: Teams are cut form the tournament because of their record. When screening applicants, hold the same philosophy. We advise our clients to have one or two deal breakers [...]

25 Ways To Spot A Leader You Can Trust

February 1st, 2014|Comments Off on 25 Ways To Spot A Leader You Can Trust

Before everything else, determine if people are trustworthy. But, what if time is short and schedules full? How can you quickly spot someone you can trust? Leaders you can trust: ​​Acknowledge they don't know. Treat waiters [...]

What will 2014 bring and what should organizations and individuals expect from the continued digital revolution?

January 1st, 2014|Comments Off on What will 2014 bring and what should organizations and individuals expect from the continued digital revolution?

Forbes Magazine contributor, Ekaterina Walter interviewed 26 marketing gurus for their thought-provoking expert opinions. Here are 3 opinions. Click here to read all 26. What Is Really Important To Me? With the rise of social media, there has [...]

Ten Technologies Used by Charitable Organizations in Innovative Ways:

December 1st, 2013|Comments Off on Ten Technologies Used by Charitable Organizations in Innovative Ways:

Technology for Good identifies ten technologies being used by charitable organizations in innovative ways. The report briefly introduces each technology and provides examples of how those technologies are being used. In determining the top ten trends, we chose [...]

Decision-making is one of your greatest leadership challenges.

November 1st, 2013|Comments Off on Decision-making is one of your greatest leadership challenges.

Chances are you'll flounder until you make the two decision that enable you to start right and end well. These decisions come before the others. Starting right. Kouzes and Posner said, "Everything you will ever [...]

The best anglers not only know how to fish…they know where to fish.

September 1st, 2013|Comments Off on The best anglers not only know how to fish…they know where to fish.

Smart anglers know that you just don't walk out the door with a stick, some twine, a hook, and old bait and expect to land the big one. The great ones, like The Batten Group know that [...]

Back to Basics Gets Results

August 1st, 2013|Comments Off on Back to Basics Gets Results

The most successful executive search consultants are part salesman, career counselor, consultant, advisor, fact finder, archaeologist, and psychiatrist. They are balanced in their advice. They present both sides of the story, ask candidates a multitude [...]

Mid-Year Review: 10 Critical Questions To Ask Yourself Today

July 1st, 2013|Comments Off on Mid-Year Review: 10 Critical Questions To Ask Yourself Today

As we find ourselves in the second half of the year, it's a great time to set aside an hour or so - on a weekend or during your normal weekly planning time - and [...]