Learnings from Jeff Raikes – Part II

This is the second part of a series (see Part I) of thoughtful and inspiring comments Jeff Raikes made at a luncheon I attended.

One of the wonderful things about Jeff is that he had an amazing career at Microsoft (you can see some of his history starting from when he left Apple and his additional contributions). He took his formidable business sense and applied it to fundraising leadership when he and his wife, Tricia, were the 2006-7 Campaign Co-Chairs for United Way of King County.

Jon Shirley, Steve Ballmer, Bill Gates

Jon Shirley, Steve Ballmer, Bill Gates

At this meeting, Jeff talked about Jon Shirley, a man he considers a mentor. Jon joined Microsoft in 1983 as  President and Chief Operating Officer. Jon steered the deal to take Microsoft public in 1986. Jeff talked about leadership lessons he learned from Jon.

“Great leaders have a great ability to value and trust their people, by listening, and a willingness to step forward and roll up their sleeves and add value – and they make a decision and do it.”

This is spot-on… hire the right people then value them and allow them to use their talents, smarts and instincts to do their jobs.

In addition, don’t be afraid to lead by pitching in.

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Heck yeah, Donor Retention Project

My first development team - Harborview Medical Center, Seattle

My first development team – Harborview Medical Center, Seattle

I’ve been fundraising for… well, for two decades, working with donors large and small, programs large and small. That pic is my goodbye dinner before I left for Washington DC.

So why would I buy this Donor Retention Project?

I believe that creating, building and sustaining relationships – authentic relationships – with donors is the key to a successful fundraising program.

And yet, here I am, purchasing the Donor Retention Project video series!

First, I personally know many of the people involved and definitely respect their fundraising expertise. I read what they share, listen when we meet or bounce my own ideas off them.

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