Heather Comstock Connects

Helping nonprofits and other volunteer organizations develop strong relationships and a clear voice in the community.

Monthly Archives: August, 2012

Spinning Wheels or Incremental Gains?

I spent about a month this summer driving cross country. The odd thing is when I set out on the trip, I didn’t connect the dots to consider I was actually achieving one of the items on my bucket list. The trip was divided into segments and I didn’t really “add” them up and equate …

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No, Really! We’re Lots of Fun!

This week I ran across information saying that in this day and age, people are less likely to join and participate in groups than they were a generation or two ago. That was cheerful news to hear as I embark on a spree of recruiting efforts for one of my volunteer positions as the school …

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My Mom Can Drive!

Alright, so vacation is over.  School is about to start.  That means some of my volunteer work is about to kick into overdrive.  Two of the organizations I work with are membership-based groups for kids.  With autumn approaching, it is time for us to get our program planning into gear and recruiting plans developed!  The …

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Squeaky Wheels: Embracing Conflict on Your Board

Take a look at this TED Talk from Margaret Heffernan on the role of conflict in organizations. In the video, Ms. Heffernan relates the story of epidemiologist Dr. Alice Stewart and how she harnessed conflict with her partner George Kneale to strengthen her case. Kneale’s role was to review the statistics and prove her wrong. …

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Cliff Driving

This week I visited Yosemite National Park in California. In looking at the map, it looked like a pretty straightforward drive. Hop in the car, head the right way, and in a few hours, voila, visiting one of the most famous national parks in the U.S. Except, it didn’t quite turn out that way. To …

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