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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. 


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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ECS at 150

Posted by 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 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 on April 10, 2020 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)



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 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 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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