Ruth J. Simmons

The job of a University President isn’t a simple one. For a large, private university the unique hats one must wear are particularly challenging. These leadership positions involves many skills, including:

  • Motivating
  • Fundraising
  • Strategic Planning
  • Recruiting

Given these ‘hats’, to rise and successfully a single university or college is a uniquely-challenging thing for a person to accomplish. Ruth J. Simmons has led 2 universities (1995 – 2012) and is currently, after a five year break, leading a third.

  • An Executive Director who desires sustainability, who wishes to do more than simply survive, is well served if they can strategically plan, fundraise, motivate, and recruit.

Read More Ruth J. Simmons: A Trailblazing University Leader

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It’s through one’s ability to motivate that a Non-profit Leader can Activate. Activate what? The written plans and internal passion they have for their cause, organization, or department.  Where does this begin? With the self-talk and self-motivation of the leader.  From there it’s important to be able to motivate and inspire others.  

  • Be they paid staff, Board members, unpaid volunteers. or large donors, those who have succeeded in both types of motivation will be the masters of their own destiny.  

3 women have shared their thoughts on motivation on this blog. Twelve (12) quotes from our Leadership Keys posts should serve as good food for thought too.

Read More The Power of Motivation: 12 Quotes, 3 Women

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See Early, See More, See Further

Link: Collaborations and Partnerships: My Non-profit Journey (Sofia Crisp)

Each new stage of a non-profit organization’s growth requires, I feel, a strategic re-channeling of the organization’s energy. Quite simply, the startup vision which allowed the non-profit to take root, and emerge as a viable venture, can lose its impact once the organization is up and running. I’ve seen too many accomplished, visionary leaders taken ‘out of the game’ by underestimating the virtue of collaboration as they grow. Much like Shakepeare’s Julius Caesar, they have a character flaw which holds them back. As the funds for nonprofits continue to decrease, the need for partnering and collaborating has become a necessity”.


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When Your Outcomes Well met with Donna Newton, we knew she was a leader in the Greensboro area’s Non-Profit community.  While some who are called leaders are really glorified managers, Donna isn’t one of them!  She’s a true leader.  In this new Series, we’ll share the hardworking, humble woman’s thoughtful insights into a wide range of important issues facing most Professionals and Executive Directors in the Non-profit sector.

  • Today’s post, the first in this Series, aims to help you understand the community-critical work Donna Newton has done tirelessly in Central NC since 2002.  Doing “meaningful” work, and successfully motivating people, is at the core of what this wise leader does.  She entered the Non-profit arena 15 years ago, after working thirty years in the corporate world.  

Read More Knowing Newton: The Non-profit Journey of Donna Newton

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Starting a Non-profit

You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated.   In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.

Maya Angelou (1928 – 2014), Poet/Writer/Civil Rights Activist


I am a slow walker, but I never walk back”.

Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States


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What separates well-run Non-profits from those that often run aground? Passion? Available funds? Habits? In this post, Toni Jackson sets forth two habits that she feels the best run non-profit organizations need to know and master.

It’s habits that can often make or break non-profits. Want to achieve sustainability? Embracing good habits, and eliminating bad ones, is a very good place to start.

Read More Achieving Better Outcomes: 2 Must-do Habits of Non-profits

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