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  • Thank you to all who shared the love with Trinity on #GivingTuesday

    Dec 08, 2017

    Trinity Services, Inc. would like to give a huge thank you to everyone who supported Trinity on #GivingTuesday, Nov. 28.

    Whether it was through donating, sharing information about Trinity or creating a Facebook fundraiser, we appreciate all of the support that was shown for our mission to help people with disabilities and mental illness flourish and live full and abundant lives.

    More than $47,000 was raised for Trinity online across the duration of the #GivingTuesday campaign.

    Additionally, thanks to the generosity of The Coleman Foundation, all donations made to Trinity Services online on Nov. 28 will be partially or fully matched, up to $10,000.

    All donations assist Trinity Services in fulfilling its mission.

    Trinity provides residential services, adult learning programs, behavioral health care, supported employment services, a school program, respite care, crisis prevention and more to people in Chicagoland, and central and southwest Illinois.

    This was Trinity’s fifth year participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that encourages philanthropy and the celebration of generosity.

    Thank you for sharing the love with the people we serve.

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  • Trinity Services supporters can amplify their impact this #GivingTuesday

    Nov 03, 2017

    NEW LENOX, IL — Supporters of Trinity Services, Inc. can amplify their charitable impact this #GivingTuesday by making a tax-deductible online donation to the nonprofit on Tuesday, Nov. 28.

    Thanks to the generosity of The Coleman Foundation, all donations made to Trinity Services online on Nov. 28 only will be partially or fully matched, up to $10,000. The Coleman Foundation will match $25 for every gift between $25-$99; $100 for every gift between $100-$499; and $500 for every gift of $500 or more. Matches apply to both current and new supporters.

    Additionally, thanks to the generosity of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, all donations made Nov. 28 through Facebook fundraisers created on behalf of Trinity Services will be matched at $1,000 per fundraiser, up to a total of $50,000.

    All donations assist Trinity Services in fulfilling its mission to help people with developmental disabilities and mental illness flourish and live full and abundant lives.

    Trinity provides residential services, adult learning programs, behavioral health care, supported employment services, a school program, respite care, crisis prevention and more to people in Chicagoland, and central and southwest Illinois.

    This is Trinity’s fifth year participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that encourages philanthropy and the celebration of generosity. #GivingTuesday is always held the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and holiday shopping days Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

    Those interested in donating to or helping Trinity Services on #GivingTuesday are encouraged to visit www.Facebook.com/TrinityServices/fundraisers to create a shareable fundraiser on behalf of the nonprofit or to visit www.Trinity-Services.org/GivingTuesday to donate. Trinity is using the hashtag #ShareTheLove for its campaign.

    For more information about ways to get involved, call (815) 717-3750.

    Trinity Services, Inc. is a 67-year-old, nonsectarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children and adults with developmental disabilities and mental illness flourish and live full and abundant lives. Trinity serves more than 3,500 people in more than 30 communities in Will, Cook, DuPage, DeKalb, Grundy, Peoria, Jackson, Madison and St. Clair counties. To learn more, visit www.trinity-services.org.

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The Effective Organizational Leader: Power

by Art Dykstra | May 17, 2017

Leaders at every level of an organization use varying degrees of power, and those who are effective value and use it appropriately. It is valuable because nothing gets done without it; therefore, using it wisely is essential to smooth operations within any company.

The exercise of power occurs every day and involves making decisions such as:

  • Who is hired
  • Who is fired
  • Who is spared
  • Who we choose to help
  • Who is promoted
  • Who gets overtime.

These and other required decisions affect real people, not just organizational structure or the bottom line. And sometimes they are very tough. I always remember a piece of advice my father gave me: “Art, if you ever have a chance to play God in someone’s life, take it seriously.” Some may shy away from these decisions or become paralyzed by the responsibility, but no one who finds it difficult to exercise power will do well in a leadership position.

Since power can be both destructive and constructive, effective leaders avoid its hostile use. Rather than achieve their goals through coercion, they establish their authority through their integrity, knowledge and positive relationships with their followers. As a result, peers and subordinates alike choose to follow their lead because they have earned their respect. In this context, leaders are able to use the least amount of power needed to accomplish the goal. As Tim Williams says in The Pipe Wrench Theory of Power, “Don’t use the wrong size of wrench [to get a ‘job’ done].”

While there are many sources of power, the most important one for organizational leaders is the power of persuasion. They recognize that, in an organization, “we can do together what we can’t do alone.” Effective persuasion occurs when leaders

  • Present the goal and action to be taken clearly
  • Listen
  • Are open to differences
  • Validate points of view
  • Guide discussion by keeping the goal in mind
  • Make plan modifications if appropriate.

They obviously work to understand the thought patterns and needs of team members and can therefore communicate their ideas well. As a result, employees respond and act. 

At this point, a word of warning is in order. Nothing erodes power as fast as not doing what you said you were going to do. Effective leaders must be credible in their words. They must keep their promises though that isn’t always easy when intervening variables suddenly change the landscape. They must also provide accurate numbers in sales statistics, earnings, losses, expenditures, and raises or reasons for the absence of raises, to name just a few. Leaders must be trustworthy so that their followers can count on them in good times and bad times. Whether we like it or not, we all have reputations, and they include the elements of our character. 

Finally, let’s remember that wielding power just for oneself, an area of responsibility or an organization is more often than not destructive. However, leaders who work for the greater good exercise it effectively and can transform their sphere of influence.

1 Comment

  1. 1 educational sites 23 May
    Touche. Sound arguments. Keep up the great spirit.

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