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Nonprofit leader shares lessons in Superhero’s

nonprofit leadership009: A lesson in Superheros and Being Intentional with Josh Dye





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Highlights from the interview

Josh's Journey:

  • Losing his job as a bellman following the September 11 tragedy 
  • Transition to selling Kirby vacuums and gaining a great deal of knowledge and skills from this experience
  • Continuing his education and obtaining a masters degree in public and nonprofit administration
  • Further honing his skills in communication, connecting with others and sales 
  • Resolving that he most enjoyed using his skills towards something that has a cause 
  • Joins HousingLink as the marketing an outreach coordinator


Valley Moment:


  • In a marriage where he was unhappy and miserable
  • Feeling of fear and shame grip his heart through the process
  • Wrestling with his long standing values and beliefs that divorce was wrong and facing fear at a pivotal point in life
  • Going through the pain of divorce and reevaluating his values and beliefs


IMPACT Nonprofit Leadership:


  • Greatest influence on his leadership has been those he has worked for and with  
  • How a superhero's power in the show Heroes depicts the influence others can have on you
  • What he learned from the villainous character was to pick up on others strengths even if he you don't like them as a person
  • Dealing with a leader that didn't allow for flexibility with projects. While this was not appealing to him, he identified what this person was good at and learned from that
  • Top must have leadership skill: Trusting the people around you.  This is the long-term view & trusting helps you learn so much about your team and their abilities
  • Be flexible, adaptive and comfortable with experimentation
  • Josh's genius talent: taking complicated information and making it simple
  • Josh's struggle: Staying passionate about some of the day to day stuff like analyzing certain administrative task 


Strategic Partnership and Community Work:

  • Created a training program: Felony Unfriendly to help renter's with a criminal background to find housing faster
  • Leveraging technology: even if you don't use social media platforms like snapchat in your nonprofit organization, understand the influence they have on your stakeholders
  • Keep your message really personal and customized

Additional Nuggets about customizing your nonprofit message:

  • Connecting with your most engaged and likely small number of constituents that care a lot and communicate directly with them
  • Think about what audiences you are not reaching.  They are one layer removed from your organization but consider how you might reach them
  • Stop "thinking" outside of the box and start "acting" outside of the box
  • When considering your communication, ask yourself, "What's the one action you want your audience to take". Focus on that and remove everything thing else
  • Advice he would give his younger self: chose relationships carefully and intentionally


Josh's FaithFactor 

Connecting with those he serves, truly understanding what they value and finding a way to meet that need


2 week sprint to action 


Other IMPACT Resources & References


Link to Books mentioned:

Reframing Organizations: Artistry, Choice, and Leadership

Leadership on the Line: Staying Alive through the Dangers of Leading by Martin Linsky (listen to his Tedx here)

Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? by Seth Godin

Read This Before Our Next Meeting: How We Can Get More Done by Al Pittampalli

The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris

Daring Greatly by Brene Brown


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