What nonprofits can learn from Bezos 


The Brief
This post comes from the RelSci 5, our weekly newsletter for and about nonprofit leaders. Its curated articles and insights revolve around a different theme each week and will help you do your job better. This week’s theme is All Things Unclassified.

1. Sweat the small stuff. Most of us divvy up our to-do list: large vs small, first or second priority. But too often during the day fires that need putting out right now shove the lesser jobs into the corner. Problem is, those can be just as critical to a company’s “safety.” Here’s how not to overlook the little—but still important—things.

2. What the crickets knew. You could call biological evolution the ultimate scale-up. At least that’s what a couple of folks at the United Nations Development Fund are calling it. Turns out, the anatomical defense systems developed by crickets in Hawaii through generations have inspired the scientists to rethink the way we build social service organizations.

3. The Write Stuff. Want to be a better manager? Put down the PowerPoint and write it out. Cheesy newsletter subheadings aside, composing a memo in a narrative style not only forces you to focus thoughts, but it will better engage staff and disseminate organizational knowledge. We’re not necessarily advocating Bezos-level obsessiveness, but, hey, whatever works…

4. Stop the madness. Workplace conflict is tanking your NPO, and in ways that you are probably overlooking. In this part one of a two-part series, our writer looks at how a tiff between coworkers can impact the whole organization.

5. Yes, we care. The week is almost over, and we here at RelSci want to take a minute to check in with you, our readers. More importantly, we want to know if you have checked in with you? Or was this another one of those self-alienating weeks in which you may have berated yourself over mistakes? Because if you did, you should stop that.

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