Heart breaking

It turns out not to be true, as some readers have suggested, that the Nonprofiteer has no heart. But it is true, as others have argued, that there’s something the matter with her heart. As a result, she’s going in for minor cardiac surgery tomorrow.

Publication will resume on Monday, June 16–which represents a couple of days for recovery and then a week or so of just garden-variety laziness. Thanks to all for your patience and good wishes.



7 Responses to “Heart breaking”

  1. Jane Says:

    I hope it goes well and you feel better soon, Nonprofiteer!

  2. Gordon Mayer Says:

    Thanks for posting so passionately about CMW’s Making Media Connections (now why did my google alert not pick that up yet?)! — what an honor for it to be the last post before you hit the gurney — and when you’re out, maybe I can get you a heart-unhealthy Ann Sather’s cinnamon roll or something.

  3. Jennifer Says:

    Best wishes!

  4. Scott Walters Says:

    Hang in there, and get better!

  5. Elizabeth Says:

    Well, here’s to the “Minor” in Minor Cardiac Surgery.
    I have a starter for your post recovery postings:

    Why “My door is always open” may be the 5 worst words you can hear from your CEO.

    I’m referring to an Achilles heel in leadership who are pulled off focus by external relationships and who leave the shop entirely to the folks they’ve hired. Accessibility and delegation have their limits, especially in organizations that are undergoing growth, change or crisis; ie all organizations. Those interactive models can’t replace proactive, hands-on leadership and collaborative teamwork with your senior team.

  6. Albert Says:

    Fortunately you have heart to spare. Be well.

  7. Nonprofiteer Says:

    Sorry for the delay in responding to everyone’s supportive and encouraging comments–no sooner is my heart okay than my Internet access suffers an infarction.

    I’m intrigued by Elizabeth Ritzman’s notion that “My door is always open” is the sign of a leader who isn’t leading, though it’s hard to say when a nonprofit Executive Director is “pulled off focus by external relationships” and when in fact s/he is dealing with his/her primary constituency, namely, those external relationships. It’s certainly not enough for a leader to say “I’ll be out of the office for the next month–call me if you need me;” I’m a great believer in weekly one-on-ones between EDs and the 3-5 members of their senior leadership teams, as well as fortnightly meetings of the entire team. But it may be completely appropriate for the ED to be out of the office the rest of the time, meeting with Board members, Board prospects, donors and donor prospects. In other words: it’s true that not everything can be delegated, but let’s remember that one of the things that can’t be delegated is those external relationships, to which (in the words of the great Arthur Miller) attention must be paid.

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