Donors and grant administrators are often faced with difficult decisions when selecting the local and/or smaller nonprofit(s) to which they’ll donate; they all seem to have worthwhile causes. One helpful selection criterion is to find out how well the nonprofit is managed and if the board and staff are “running it like a business.” While nonprofits ARE different from traditional for-profit businesses, the good news is that many of them have adopted some or all of the following tools that help businesses succeed.
Aikido, a Japanese martial art developed by O’Sensei Morihei Ueshiba in Japan in the mid-20th century, arose from O’Sensei’s study of a variety of martial traditions which he synthesized into the art that became aikido. Literally, the harmonious (“ai”) energy (“ki”) way (“do”), aikido is known as the “art of peace.” It is sometimes described as a “soft” form, but that is something of a misnomer as the techniques involve strikes, throws, pins, and parries alongside redirection, awareness, and conflict resolution methods.
You’ve probably heard how important systems/processes are to your business, and most likely you have lots of systems now. Examples might include how you market, sell, deliver your product/service, do your accounting and so forth. And if you’re like most business people, you may have run into some process/system challenges. Here’s a few symptoms: You get asked the same questions, over and over; you keep dealing with the same mistakes; you find yourself asking “How the heck did that happen?” or you find yourself doing things that you hate doing but you have to because…
Digital is kind of a big deal these days. This year, digital advertising spend will surpass television for the first time in history. And by 2021, digital is forecasted to represent a whopping 50 percent of all ad spend, with television down to just 33 percent. While this growth is truly amazing and a great opportunity to acquire more customers, it creates additional pressure for businesses large and small.
From the suffrage movement to labor activism, women have had a long fight for equality in society and in the workplace. And that fight isn’t over, especially for women who go into science, technology, engineering, and math … or STEM … fields of work. A study from the U.S. Department of Commerce found that only 24 percent of the people who work in STEM are female. That’s right, only 1 in 4 of the STEM workforce is women. But there is work to change that, and we’re going to be speaking with some of Las Vegas’ leading women in technology.