Todd Flaming

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Buried in praise: motivating your best people

By Todd Flaming / April 24, 2018 / 0 Comments

In his book Payoff, behavioral economist Dan Ariely recounts an experiment designed to measure motivation. Participants were asked to perform a meaningless task, circling pairs of matched letters on randomly generated sheets of paper. When they were finished, they returned their paper and were given 55 cents. Each time, they were offered a smaller amount to…

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keeping costs low

3 ways that saving money can hurt your mission

By Todd Flaming / April 11, 2018 / 0 Comments

Non-profits need to watch the dollars, and they should. Nobody wants to be the subject of an exposé about corporate salaries or extravagant travel spending by a ministry. But it’s easy for the pendulum to swing too far in the opposite direction — to be too focused on the pie chart and not on actual…

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clear vision

Avoiding Church Fights by Having a Clear Vision

By Todd Flaming / February 22, 2018 / 0 Comments

Last week, Jason shared some practical ways to inspire individuals in your organization whose vision has strayed from what it originally started as. This week, Todd will discuss vision again, however this is more specifically relevant to churches.   We are frequently approached by churches to help iron out conflicts and priorities in their programming…

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Organizational Health

3 Key Indicators of Organizational Health in Your Ministry

By Todd Flaming / January 24, 2018 / 0 Comments

When you think of a growing ministry in your community, you would probably assume it’s a healthy place to work, right? Most people I talk with assume that back stabbing, silos, and typical office problems don’t really happen at most non-profits. In reality, these issues pop up anywhere you find people working together, and ministries…

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2 Ideas for Reaching the Modern Donor Mindset

By Todd Flaming / November 30, 2017 / 0 Comments

How is your organization talking to potential donors? If you run a nonprofit, you should already have an answer to this. Your communication style with each potential partner is crucial. This includes how you are reaching out to them, what kind of stories you are telling, and the wording you are using. If your message…

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Going Alone: 3 Problems You Face When You Won’t Partner

By Todd Flaming / October 24, 2017 / 0 Comments

Growing up, we are constantly taught the importance of sharing and playing nice with our friends. “Play nice!” and “Please share!” are common things to tell kids. But, much like eating vegetables, adults don’t always do what they make the kids do. When I work with different organizations, I find myself saying the same things.…

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3 Tips to Hang on to Your Volunteers

By Todd Flaming / October 2, 2017 / 0 Comments

Recently I was talking with a ministry that commits a large amount of hours each quarter to looking for new volunteers. The more questions I asked, the more I learned that there was actually a deeper problem: high volunteer turnover. After a few months of serving, they would watch volunteers cut back on their commitment…

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Motivation: Why Can’t I Reach More People?

By Todd Flaming / August 15, 2017 / 0 Comments

One of the most critical parts we find in helping ministries and non profits is to get into the unique mindset of each organization. Many facets are unique to the organization, but a few issues run consistently through most organizations we’ve worked with. One theme that I’ve noticed is something that I call “Assumed Intrinsic…

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Not Everybody has a Marketing Department

By Todd Flaming / August 6, 2015 / 0 Comments

Growth is simultaneously good and bad. There is a purity and excitement to being a small organization that is lean and agile, but an organization ultimately needs to grow. Many will end up as large, organized, efficient institutions with many specialized departments all doing their best work for a common goal. But in between these…

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Working with a Designer Part I

By Todd Flaming / May 6, 2015 / 0 Comments

I’ve been working as a designer for a little over 15 years now, and while each project is unique in some ways, there are themes that run through almost everything that I work on. Client interaction is one of the biggest factors in determining the success of a project. Most clients want a good return…

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