Books, Tools, and Articles

 
 

Tera has produced content in many different forms from books to blogs to tools and resources. All of her work is about mindset and personal growth, with practical tools for how to make it all happen.

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The Talent Development Platform: Putting people first in social change organizations

The Talent Development Platform is about results driven talent development for social change. Written by seasoned nonprofit experts, this book provides a holistic process for creating an in-house training and talent development program. The Talent Development Platform offers organizations the tools for ensuring their professional development systems are successful through regular feedback loops, tailored for learning styles, and specific to their organization. Buy now >>

 
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Lean the F*ck Out Blog

Articles, tips, and tools for fempreneurs. Written for the Lean the F*ck Out podcast. Read now >>

 
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KNOWLEDGE RUBRIC

The Knowledge Rubric is a tool your organization can use to understand who should be involved in your work. From strategic planning to the board to direct service, this tool can help you analyze who should be at the table in order to make the greatest impact. Download now >>

 
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DIVERSIFYING CIVIC LEADERSHIP

The task of diversifying civic leadership is neither easy nor quick. However, there is much you can do now to start guiding your community toward diversifying. Download this tool today, to gain a sense of where to begin. Download now >>

 
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Salary Setting Checklist

People are the sector’s greatest asset and poor engagement, lack of inclusive environments, and misunderstanding one’s abilities stands in the way of you attracting and keeping the right people for your work. Equitable salaries are key to ensuring you are engaging your people effectively and building inclusive environments so that your organization attracts high potential talent and retains a successful team. Use this list to be sure you’ve done your due diligence in setting salary for any position. Download now >>

 
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A TOOLKIT FOR EQUITABLE TALENT DEVELOPMENT: DEVELOPING SYSTEMS THAT ATTACK MANAGERIAL INEQUITIES

In part 1 of this article, I described the foundation of an Equitable Talent Development System. In this part we will explore the intricacies of making our surface values of equity, inclusion, diversity, cultural competency, and social justice real internal systems that drive the make-up and development of our team.  Read now >>

 
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A TOOLKIT FOR EQUITABLE TALENT DEVELOPMENT: SETTING THE FOUNDATION AND TACKLING BARRIERS

In part two of this two-part article, we will explore how your organization can take your values around equity from your service into systems. Read now >>

 
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CREATING JOB DESCRIPTIONS THAT WORK FOR YOU

A great job description isn’t just a piece of paper a job candidate reads to determine their fit for your open position and organization. A great job description helps you meet your staffing needs. If you take the time now to explore those needs all of your job descriptions will become much more valuable tools for your organization. To help you create these great tools, we have outlined a process for you to build effective job descriptions. Read now >>

 
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CALCULATING RETURN ON INVESTMENT FOR YOUR TALENT: HOW TO SAVE YOUR ORGANIZATION THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS.

Return on Investment is a trending topic right now in the nonprofit sector. Organizations have been using ROI to measure the cost benefit of a purchase, a grant request, or a piece of technology. We started using ROI to measure the cost benefit of nonprofits investing in their talent and have helped organizations to save thousands of dollars. Read now >>

 
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TALENT DEVELOPMENT SYSTEM CHECKLIST

Whether you are promoting the development of paid staff or volunteers the items here are essential to strong development. Each item is proven to support the decrease of turnover rates of top talent and increase the number of talented individuals who will seek your organization out as a strong workplace. Decreasing turnover of top talent and increasing your ability to obtain top talent will result in positive impacts on your mission and strategic goals. Download now >>

 
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BRINGING CAPACITY BUILDING TO THE CORE

Each nonprofit organization has its unique strengths and weaknesses similar to the communities they are serving. The current culture of capacity building funding often includes funding of specific frameworks (new governance models, program structures, or evaluation methodology, for example). Funders sometimes ask organizations to take on prescribed models, or only give enough funds to work on one function of their organization. Yes, organizations could choose not to access funding if they don’t need that specific fix. But, they don’t always have that option when fighting to expand their limited resources. One solution to this current capacity building challenge is to borrow from “asset-based community development” and do something I like to call “core building”. Read now >>