The Front Porch

Blue Ridgers know the front porch to be more than a place. It’s an experience. It’s a sharing of ideas, challenges, questions, and stories. Here, the BRI “Front Porch” blog is a virtual version of that gathering. Join the conversation!

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15 Ways to Offer Constructive Feedback

15 Ways to Offer Constructive Feedback

Some of my fellow Forbes Coaches and I offer quick tips on giving feedback to people. Grace-Anne suggested I share it here on the Front Porch, so here ya go! Click HERE for the Forbes article.

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Multiplication of Good – the Definition of Community Service

Multiplication of Good – the Definition of Community Service

by Guest Blogger, Ameila Alfiero Hello! My name is Amelia Alfiero, and I like to do a lot of things for the community. I was born into a caring family; my mom founded and ran a nonprofit business to help people with disabilities enjoy the arts. So, it was easy for me to find joy

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It Ain’t All About You….. But Some of it IS!

It Ain’t All About You….. But Some of it IS!

Many Blue Ridgers will know where this saying comes from…. If you don’t, it is explained in my latest Forbes article…..  complete with a link back to the BRI website I might add! Go Forbes! Anyway, since it’s Forbes content (and Dennis Ray’s), I can’t simply copy and paste it here.  But I can include

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Taller or Smaller?

Taller or Smaller?

Coaching an executive recently, he told me that his CEO had a way of making people feel smaller instead of taller. That really hit me. It was as if my client was now coaching ME. So I started asking this question: When I come into the presence of those I lead, do they feel taller,

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Let’s CHAT!

Let’s CHAT!

Happy New Year Ridgers! It is still new, after all. This post is an invitation to all of you to sit on the virtual front porch with us a bit, and share what you are up to this year! Use the comments section below to share your goings on! What is new in your organization?

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A Year of Yoga

A Year of Yoga

So, How you doing? We are five days into 2017 and I am wondering how those resolutions are going? Me…of course I am working on mine, it’s still January, check back with me come Valentine’s Day! My resolution is more like an insurance and investment strategy for my longevity and well being and less like an actual

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Not Another Advisory Council

Not Another Advisory Council

I’m not being self-deprecating when I claim to be one of the least innovative people around.  I exhausted all my creative ideas around 2004.  Since then, I’ve been an avid believer in stealing, plagiarizing, and improving on others’ creative concepts.  That being said, I thrive on advice and desperately need an advisory council to supplement

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Being a Ridger

Being a Ridger

People simply don’t understand. They look at me with a hint of concern when I try to share with them the “magic” that is BRI. Yes, it is still a tad hokie. It is also imperfect. It is a long week, and it is tiring. But it is pure magic. To be slightly more specific,

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What I Learned On My Summer Vacation

What I Learned On My Summer Vacation

I went away for a little while, right after I retired from United Way. I had several reasons: to make sure my successor had the space to lead without any of her staff trying to do an end run around her; to visit some spots in one of my favorite regions in the world, Central

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When Grant Writing Equals Grant Winning!

When Grant Writing Equals Grant Winning!

(Republished from Grace-Anne Alfiero’s Arts in Action Blog) As a non-profit consultant that makes a majority of my income from preparing grant proposals for clients, I am often asked what constitutes a winning proposal. The quick answer is this, a formula that needs to become your agency’s priority. It looks like this: A passionate and well

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