Posts categorized under Lessons Learned

20 September 2011 ~ 1 Comment

(Pari Project Guest Post) Pick the Right People, then Build Them Up

This is a guest post by Allie Hoffman of The Pari Project. —- In the private sector, picking the right people to work for your business is not only an approach, it is a sacred strategy. Extensive resources go into personality tests, interview questionnaires, highly paid consultants and entire HR departments to deal with attracting, […]

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12 September 2011 ~ 1 Comment

(Pari Project Guest Post) Can you be both ‘unsustainable’ and great?

This is a guest post by Allie Hoffman of The Pari Project. She asked to share a reflection she had written about one of Pari’s clients, Epic Arts. —- I’m lucky that one of my favorite clients also happens to be one of my favorite people. Our friend Hannah started volunteering at a small disability […]

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01 September 2011 ~ 3 Comments

Admitting Failures

I wrote a piece for the PEPY Newsletter this month about a failure we had at one of our programs at PEPY and I thought I would share it here as well. I just realized that we should also post it on the Admitting Failures website – a site I have tweeted about before and […]

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24 August 2011 ~ 0 Comments

What is this “sustainability” you speak of?

Jargon. NGO’s are full of it. Yesterday our EMC had a meeting in CD with the VCD. This is actually a true statement. We don’t just acronym-ize everything, we also use regular words which once had a commonly defined meaning and use them in so many varieties of ways that in the end you might […]

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20 August 2011 ~ 4 Comments

Creating Core Values

Have you read Zappos’ Core Values? If you haven’t, then you probably also want to read a lot more about Zappos, one of the “best companies to work for” and a company known for fostering a fabulous culture. After reading their Tony Hsieh’s book, Delivering Happiness, about creating Zappos and fostering their culture, we passed […]

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01 August 2011 ~ 0 Comments

10 Lessons from PEPY (presentation)

I am about to do a presentation to students from Yonsei University about leadership as it relates to humanitarian work and my experience at PEPY/PEPY Tours. This is a part of the presentation, adapted in part from my 20 Lessons I Learned post. Thought I would share it in a pretty format! Also, it’s a […]

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22 July 2011 ~ 2 Comments

Changing the World on Vacation (Reaction Video)

When I first saw “Changing the World on Vacation“, I had to cover my eyes for half of the film. Did I REALLY say that, do that, THINK that? Ugh…. Watching the first year of our work at PEPY is like watching someone act out the exact opposite of what I now believe in terms […]

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