May 2012

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KC has recently joined Vantage Point on a part-time basis to steward our Advanced Learning Opportunities 

When I began my contract with Vantage Point I knew part of my role would be to coordinate and manage our advanced learning portfolio.  I never expected to learn and be inspired right along with all of the participants!

Sitting beside the leaders in our programs allows me to be part of their a-ha moments - AND have a few of my own.  My fifteen-year career in various not-for-profit organizations flashes in front of my eyes during every session of every program.  I am shocked by what I see.


By Aaron Sanderson, Next Leaders Network Leadership Team

Most of us agree the health and wellness of our not-for-profit organizations is inextricably tied to our quality of life.  Our not-for-profits bring us together in spirit, education, artistic expression, health and wellness, sport and advocacy.  The collective efforts of these groups, and their supporters, truly make Vancouver a world-class city.

It’s little wonder bright new talent is increasingly making not-for-profit their first career choice.  And it's good timing too – since many current leaders are nearing retirement.  These young...

**First in a series relating to a recent “experiment” in succession planning

At Vantage Point, we love a good experiment.  Recently, that sprit has led to some new adventures – and lessons learned – in the areas of leadership development, team building and succession planning.

It began a few years ago when I left my position as Program Director for my first maternity leave.  At the time, my mind was occupied with the anticipation of Baby’s arrival. And, as other parents will know, the first few months were an absolute blur. The only thoughts I had about development were related to our son’s...

You have to keep close to keep warm. The further away you move, the less connected you feel to the warmth. A member of one of our Task Forces recently used this analogy to explain how critical it was for us to stay close to our Vantage Point people.

And keep them close to our Camp Fire - our mission. Wherever they are.

Do you stay close to your people in your organization? Do you communicate regularly with the members of your Board? Your internal people teams? Your external people teams? Your investors? Your community? Do they stay close to your mission because they know you?

About five years...

In a world where everything is changing rapidly, the old rules no longer apply.  The structures, strategies and processes that once created successful organizations are not sustainable today. You’ve heard the refrain – funding is disappearing, we don’t have enough money, there aren’t enough volunteers. We know things aren’t working. And yet, we remain attached to the status quo and traditional ways of doing things. Change is difficult and uncomfortable – and we resist it.

Recently, Chip Wilson (founder of Lululemon) challenged 600 people at a Public Salon to re-examine their personal status quo...

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