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A not-for-profit organization’s effectiveness and capacity to navigate change depends largely on its people. Ask anyone about the characteristics of strong and effective not-for-profit organizations and the conversation will inevitably turn to leadership. Vantage Point’s work is in building the skills and knowledge of not-for-profit leaders to strengthen their leadership performance and impact. In 2017, we did an in-depth evaluation of our program Executive Lab, an advanced program for senior leaders. The impact on individuals and organizations is remarkable.

Earlier this year, the Vantage Point board confronted a challenge many organizations face: should we press forward with renewing our strategic plan, or should we hit the pause button until we have a new executive director in place? With Denise’s planned retirement on the horizon, it would have been easy for us to hit pause. After all, wouldn’t we want to wait and involve a new executive director in developing the next phase of Vantage Point’s future? And, more practically, we were already going to be dealing with an executive director succession process, did we really need to add strategic planning to our agenda?

From our Vantage Point: Podcast for not-for-profit leaders, board members, managers and staff

This month, Vantage Point’s Executive Director, Denise Baker, brings forward examples of her personal self-awareness journey throughout her career. She highlights how self-awareness comes from an understanding of our individual strengths, motivations, and values. Personal goal-setting is a valuable learning process. When we have a deeper sense of self awareness, we can more successfully support ourselves and our teams!

Ah, January. The time of year we all decide that this will be the year we get stuff done. This will be the year we set our goals and actually stick with them! Luckily for you, Vantage Point has all the tools and resources available for your professional development goals to make the smaller steps easier and that ultimate goal something you can happily cross of your to-do list.

From our Vantage Point: Podcast for not-for-profit leaders, board members, managers and staff

This month, Vantage Point’s Executive Director, Denise Baker, brings forward examples of her personal self-awareness journey throughout her career. She highlights how self-awareness comes from an understanding of our individual strengths, motivations, and values. Personal goal-setting is a valuable learning process. When we have a deeper sense of self awareness, we can more successfully support ourselves and our teams!

Resiliency is often defined as the ability to overcome adversity. But it’s more than that. Resiliency is the ability to navigate challenge while being who you are. What do I mean by that? Think of a time you overcame something hard. You made it onto the other side. Did you feel proud or inspired? Did you get angry or say or do things you didn’t mean?

From our Vantage Point: Podcast for not-for-profit leaders, board members, managers and staff

Esther Jang joins us from Global Philanthropic, an international fundraising consultancy, to share recommendations for developing and executing capital campaigns.

I’m suggesting that we start asking for a different kind of support. Let’s ask our donors for the gift of capacity. What exactly is capacity? It is impact. It is resilience. It is sustainability. It is taking the time to invest in professional development for the people in our organizations.

When I was hired as the Executive Director for CMHA (Canadian Mental Health Association) Vancouver-Burnaby, I was charged with accomplishing a few key priorities, including working better with other local CMHA branches.

Formal collaboration had been discussed but was mostly stuck in the research and contemplation phase. An opportunity to bring the three local branches together presented itself through a growing fundraising event called Ride Don’t Hide. I used the event as a way to demonstrate that the local Branches could work together more closely. The Executive Directors had to meet regularly and negotiate an agreement on the often difficult subject of money. My hope was that if the branches could reach agreement on a topic as sensitive as money, they would learn how and if they could work together while building trust. The fundraiser also provided opportunities to build relationships between the boards.

Denise Baker, Executive Director of Vantage Point opened BOSS 2017 with a warm welcome.

Good morning everyone! Welcome to BOSS 2017! I am so delighted to see you all here at our 3rd annual BOSS conference: Building Organizational & Sector Sustainability. 

Look at all the talent in this room. More importantly – look at all the potential in this room! Imagine what our organizations can accomplish if each of us had the opportunity to more fully develop our leadership. I’ll suggest this – improved stakeholder engagement, better staff engagement and retention, superior program outcomes, and increased financial sustainability. Ultimately, we would create stronger, healthier communities. 

And what is what is required to unleash all this potential? Investment in time – we are busy and have multiple pressures and priorities. Investment in money – we are reluctant to spend money outside of critical programs or on overhead. Investment in commitment – to ongoing coaching and support and encouragement of each other. But if we made this investment, imagine what this will make possible for our sector? 

 

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