We Learned a Lot in 2020, Right?

January 12, 2021

In this episode of the NP Local podcast, co-hosts Jason Cass and Scott Niermann, MPA, CFRE, discuss the four different paths that leaders have taken in the last four years and it’s relevance on the nonprofit side.

Episode Highlights:

  • What did Scott learn from 2020, with regards to the leadership of his foundation? (4:10)
  • Scott shares four different paths that leaders have taken in the last four years. (5:40)
  • Scott explains why having a survival mindset is relevant to leadership. (6:02)
  • What does leadership mean, for a nonprofit? (7:23)
  • Why does Scott see the second path as circling the wagons and sharpening the saw? (9:25)
  • Scott mentions the article he wrote entitled, Goals & Resolutions – A Journey in Change. (10:10)
  • Scott shares the third path “We chose to Go! Run! Fight! Through the pandemic.” (12:45)
  • Why is the last path considered as what all of us aspired to be? (16:19)

Key Quotes:

  • “Especially if you’re dealing with society, with mental illness, and people losing their jobs and needing support at home with their kids, no matter what organization out there, there is a way for you to understand that that wave is coming.” – Jason Cass
  • “Leadership is about mapping out where you need to go to win as a team or an organization. So when we’re planning for the future, and we’re casting that vision, we want to look for spots that we can win.” – Jason Cass
  • “What do we want to be as leaders? We want to be strategic, we want to be skilled, we want to be strong leaders, we want to navigate and innovate and pivot just perfectly. And if there’s anybody that did that out there, I’d love to have them on this podcast.” – Scott Niermann

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