For some of us The Sound of Music is a favorite treat at this time of year. In many ways, Maria was like an Executive Director – overworked, making clothes out of drapes, running up and down mountains - and all through it all remaining cheerful! She even sang about her favorite things!
Let’s face it – you and the rest of your staff are rock stars. If you’re anything like most not-for-profits in BC, you deliver an incredible array of programs and services relative to the resources at your disposal. In this environment not-for-profit staff teams excel at program delivery, partnerships, and adjusting the services they provide to the community on a regular basis. This strength, however, can also present a challenge. When does your staff team have an opportunity to develop their personal leadership skills?
What opportunities lay ahead for emerging leaders in the not-for-profit sector? That depends... The Ontario Nonprofit Network describes the situation as such: “The nonprofit sector can be a great place to work. It often provides employees with the opportunity to be a part of an inspiring cause. But, for many “early career” employees, those who are post-secondary students, recent graduates, and seeking or working in their first jobs, obtaining meaningful and sustainable employment within the nonprofit sector can actually be quite difficult.”
TV showrunner Shonda Rhimes recently spoke at the TED conference here in Vancouver, sharing insights from her Year of Yes. If you missed her talk, she’s also chronicled her experience in a bestselling book -- relaying her journey of saying yes to everything that scared her, and overcoming the debilitating fear that limited her life.
Fear is a powerful emotion many of us in the not-for-profit space can relate to. But often our fear is rooted in a different place. Our fear is not of taking on new projects or being open to the world, but a fear of saying no.
Our very first BOSS: Building Organizational & Sector Sustainability Conference brought together over 150 passionate not-for-profit leaders in BC for a day of leadership boss-ery in Vancouver.
It was truly inspiring to be surrounded by so many leaders from our sector (volunteers, board members, and staff) in one space — all eager to connect, learn, and share their knowledge. We witnessed hundreds of amazing learning moments, and we’re highlighting a few of our favorite takeaways from each session.
Love in your Everyday Work Life - Paul Lacerte Join the love revolution; make love eyes to...
We’re less than 10 days away from BOSS2015. We’re excited. Are you excited?
This fall at BOSS, we are releasing the incredible power and potential in our sector. New leaders are emerging in BC; leaders at the forefront of a new era in the not-for-profit sector, where philanthropy of knowledge and relationships of trust are generating breakthrough thinking and inspiring results. We couldn’t be more excited to host these leaders at BOSS and are pleased to introduce you to them now. Keynote speaker Paul Lacerte will highlight the importance of love in transforming leaders and radically...
The other day, as I was struggling to figure out how to download an ebook from the library to my tablet, I had a horrible realization: if I don’t make the effort to keep up with the changes in technology, I am at risk at being left behind! My commitment to learning is essential to managing a resilient organization that continues to innovate and adapt to the ever-changing social, economic, and technological landscape.
Here are 6 things I think are critical for not-for-profit leaders to keep on top of:
For those of you who have stood across from the Tourist Information Centre in Victoria harbour and admired the Fairmont Empress at the corner of Humboldt and Government, you may not have had a clue you were so close to such an unlikely celebrity sighting. I certainly didn’t on a recent visit, until a small hand grabbed mine and yanked me down a little path leading into The Empress gardens. Rather than a detour to “smell the roses”, however, this detour offered us quite the unexpected – Roger, the yellow-bellied marmot.
What a wondrous moment to spot this (somewhat elusive) colony of one. Upon...
Our sector is committed to action for the public good - no small mission! And as leaders in the sector our role is to envision something different from what is today and ask “what positive change can we drive?” The stakes are high. It is an exciting time to be a not-for-profit leader.
And, let’s admit that it is also a challenging time. Leaders in our sector are stretched - meeting multiple demands, engaging teams, managing finances, evaluating outcomes. To be a great leader takes time, mentoring, and professional development opportunities. But are we making that time? Or the investment...