Like you, I get a lot of email. Like, a lot. So much that a few years ago I started unsubscribing to many of the e-newsletters and blogs I’d been receiving. I just didn’t have time to read them all.
So, which ones did I keep? I kept a few of the fundraising-related ones (namely Future Fundraising Now, The Agitator, and 101Fundraising), but I focused in on the ones that usually bring me the most value and the greatest learnings: the ones that aren’t about fundraising or the non-profit sector, but help me be a more strategic and outside-the-box thinker and leader.
So, without further ado, here are my top five non-fundraising reading choices:
This one is number one for a reason. Roger Dooley brings us fascinating information about how our brains impact on every decision we make, every action we take, and how we view the world. Invaluable information when it comes to fundraising.
I love everything from the Harvard Business Review (I also get the magazine), but their daily management/leadership tip is particularly useful. They’re short and to the point, and I always learn something. From corporate culture to avoiding procrastination, they help me be better at my job.
The research summary sent out by the British Psychological Society is well-written and often relevant to the non-profit sector. There’s often a focus on neuroscience (one of my favourite topics), and it curates the best psychology-focused content on the web. Useful posts I’ve read recently include an outline of the difference between men’s and women’s personalities (totally relevant for non-profit communications).
This is an excellent leadership blog. From overcoming setbacks, through building trust, to dealing with difficult clients (yes, they exist), almost every blog post helps me to be a better leader.
This one’s a little more on the self-help spectrum, but presented in a way that’s practical and applicable. I’ve benefited, in particular, from the posts on productivity and mindfulness, but Pick the Brain also helps keep me motivated.
Those are my favourites. What are yours?
This post was written by Leah Eustace, ACFRE, former Principal and Chief Idea Goddess at Good Works.