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Leadership Thoughts:

Wear Muddy Boots

Be Intentional in how you spend your time.

Make it safe for folks to name the elephants.

Your personal brand is everything, as in what do you stand for and how do you stand. 

Balance

This is your time.

Find the pain and fix it.

It is all about your crew. Talent Matters

Be calm, be consistent, care, and always be a coach.

Legacy in the end is how we will be measured. 

 


 

 

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Week 10

Posted by griffithd@ecsphilly.org on May 17, 2020 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

So today starts week ten of stay at home for Philadelphia and the surrounding counties. At this point, we are all beginning to realize that we are never going back to pre-March 13th.

We have some choices. We can move into our darkest places and shut down, or we make our new future state work—some choices.

1. Leadership, we have an election coming up. I suggest you vote. Think about the proper role of government in our lives.

2. Health, I appreciate the thought behind ...

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A Time to Rise, Again

Posted by griffithd@ecsphilly.org on May 15, 2020 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

“You can’t solve a problem on the same level that it was created. You have to rise above it to the next level.” –Albert Einstein

 

Poverty is pervasive, persistent, and painful. It is complex and cruel in its scope. It impacts society on many levels. Both the individuals and families experiencing hardship directly, and the opportunity costs to all of us. In my tradition, the gospel calls us to acknowledge poverty and to meet it with intention and resou...

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A Prayer for this CV-19 Time

Posted by griffithd@ecsphilly.org on May 15, 2020 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Prayer in this time of CV19

 

Lord, look over all our front line men and women caring for the sick.

 

Lord, look over all the essential workers keeping the supply chain running.

 

Lord, have mercy on the sick and grant them healing.

 

Lord, help us have faith in the face of death.

 

Lord, help us show compassion to those not working and in need.

 

Lord, grant wisdom and courage to all our lea...

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In Memory of a Coach

Posted by griffithd@ecsphilly.org on May 15, 2020 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)

When I was a young man in boarding school, my Latin teacher was Mr. Hopley who, while proficient with the language of ancient Rome, also had a sense for the English language that he would use from time to time to turn a phrase such that many remain in my memory forty years later. He believed that words can inspire, that the spoken word, well turned, could stiffen a backbone, instill character, provoke thought, and become a touchstone for one’s values. His great gift was the lesson that ...

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The Trajectory

Posted by griffithd@ecsphilly.org on May 10, 2020 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

We all have moments that change the trajectory. The trajectory of our lives, our relationships, our careers, and our opportunity to shape our legacy. One of my all-time Muddy Boots heroes, Herb Brooks, coach of the 1980 US Olympic team, famously challenges his team before they played the Russians in the semi-finals that, “This is your time.”

 

Well, we are at such a moment. This is our time. We have some choices to make.

 

Let me frame these ch...

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ECS at 150

Posted by griffithd@ecsphilly.org on May 3, 2020 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Today marks the 150th year of the founding of Episcopal Community Services of the Diocese of Pennsylvania. For 150 years, we have always run to the fire, and we will continue to do so. As we find ourselves fighting yet another fire, I have never been more proud of the organization.

 

To our staff, thank you for your service. You live our values of dignity, community, justice, and impact every day. To our board, your support, partnership, and guidance are unmeasurable, and on ...

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Muddy Boots 101

Posted by griffithd@ecsphilly.org on April 16, 2020 at 7:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Last week I had the opportunity to speak to an assembled group of leaders of family businesses sponsored by the Delaware Valley Family Business Center. They asked me to share my perspective, aka scar tissue, on the attributes of leadership observed over my years in business and my service as a board chair with privately held for-profit organizations.

 

 

 

I shared five core attributes.

 

 

 

Muddy Boots. Leaders wh...

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There is no new normal.

Posted by griffithd@ecsphilly.org on April 10, 2020 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Normal?

 

There is no new normal because there was no old normal. Ever

 

CV-19 is undoubtedly not the first nor likely to be the last crisis that changes the rules.

 

So what are the takeaways from this moment?

 

 

We are all impacted by CV-19, but we most certainly are not all in this together. If nothing else, this pandemic has laid bare the fundamental economic disparity in America. The reality of essent...

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Poverty, Race, and Privilige

Posted by griffithd@ecsphilly.org on May 16, 2018 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)

I was recently invited to speakat Westminster where I am an Alumnus. Given our work they asked me to talk about Poverty, Privilege, and Race. The following are my prepared remarks.

 

Good Morning. My name is Dave Griffith, and I graduated in 1972 and served as a trustee from 2004 to 2012. Our 2 children are among the 12 Griffith’s who have graduated from here since 1953. While here I played hockey with Peter Briggs, I was a goalie, and this was when there was no roof o...

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So you want to run a nonprofit ?

Posted by griffithd@ecsphilly.org on March 20, 2018 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (0)

After 37 years of working in the for-profit world, I was asked to lead a nonprofit social service agency in Philadelphia. Having made the switch from CEO to Executive Director, I get asked about the differences from individuals thinking about making a similar transition as a final professional chapter and what they ought to consider.

 

So after 6 years here is my list.

 

1. Talent Matters. In both sectors the better the talent, the better the outcomes. Histor...

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