How to transform leadership, governance, and talent engagement to ignite your mission
I’ve been on a mission for the past few months to “date” a not-for-profit organization and explore a possible “long term relationship”. Eventually, I’d like to join a board of directors, but first I’m looking for a short-term volunteer project that will allow me to get to know the organization’s culture and values.
I have reached out to four organizations and let them know my short and long term plans. Each has offered me a role on a committee with a one to two year commitment. I’ve politely declined all their offers.
I believe many people, like me, want to contribute to your organization. And yet we may not want to jump right into a long term commitment. Do you structure your work in a way that allows you to intentionally engage skilled people on a short-term basis? [more ...]
This blog post is the first in a series of success stories featured in our 2012 Annual Report.
I wanted to take my work and our organization to the next level,” says Bruce Passmore, Executive Director, Leave Out Violence (LOVE BC), of joining Executive Lab in March 2012.
Right from the first session, the program had an impact on Bruce and his relationship with his board of directors.
Maria Turnbull's reflections on the legacy of Vantage Point’s recently retired Executive Director, Colleen Kelly, at last night’s 69th Annual General Meeting.
My daily water taxi commute from Bowen Island is a wonderful opportunity to think and reflect. Rather than scroll through email, I gaze across English Bay and allow my thoughts to wander. Not surprisingly, water images and metaphors have been on my mind in the weeks leading up to our 69th Annual General Meeting. Today, I invite you to join me and gaze at that blue sky reflection. [more ...]
Two weeks ago, our crew was buzzing about a potential knowledge philanthropist who’d left us a voice message. David is a self-described entrepreneur, innovator, and influencer. Soon after moving to Vancouver he wandered past Vantage Point’s offices, noticed a poster about our new book, went home and downloaded it, read it and called us to see how his skills could further our mission. Wow! [more ...]
The relationship between board chair and executive director is critical. Many of us know this, and yet it’s not always easy to figure out what to actively do as a result.
I recently interviewed the board chairs of two different organizations; both alumni of our Governance Lab. From them, I learned there is a simple first step to building the relationship between an executive director and board chair. And that is – a commitment to make time and space to be together. Both board chairs felt their relationships with their executive directors had improved after spending regular time together. Governance Lab ensured they spent five half days over a five month period focusing on important, rather than urgent, topics surrounding the governing of their organization. Building their relationship was not their key motivation for participating in the program. And yet, they found it the most valuable outcome. [more ...]
A few weeks ago, we had the opportunity to talk about our new book with Joe Waters and Megan Strand on CauseTalk Radio. We had no idea how much fun it would turn out to be!
Megan and Joe asked insightful questions, shared their hopes and doubts, and made us laugh out loud.
Tune in now and tell us what you think.