If you’ve ever attended a board governance learning opportunity with Vantage Point you’re probably familiar with the “hats” analogy.
Board members are often called on to wear many “hats” in an organization. This can result in some murky territory when it comes to who is accountable to whom.
So, which hat when?
When board members are governing the organization they wear their “board hat”. They are accountable to the Chair of the Board and the community. On the other hand, when they take an operational role, it’s important they take off their “board hat” and put on a different one. In this new...
Have you ever left a workshop energized by new ideas, and returned to the office only to be immediately consumed with business as usual? Do you ever wonder why your board members or leadership team aren’t equally excited about your new suggestions and ideas?
If so, you’re not alone.
At Vantage Point, we’re offering an increasing number of shared learning opportunities for executives, board members and leadership staff to attend together. At the end of most of our Governance Lab sessions I’ll see a few executive directors and board members linger in the training room, deeply engaged in...
Successful leaders don’t focus on their own brilliance; they seek out and cultivate brilliance from those around them. Successful leaders don’t believe they have all the right expertise and answers; they proactively invite a variety of perspectives so they can make the best decisions.
I’m paraphrasing the words of Fierce, Inc. President & CEO Halley Bock, as she spoke to a crowd of 135 not-for-profit leaders at Vantage Point’s Leaders Forum. The event focused on personal leadership and the importance of conversations in building strong relationships.
Recent articles on Bill C-399: The Volunteer Tax Credit, have provoked an old debate on volunteerism and altruism. For example, Charity Village posed this question to its readers in the article NDP MP proposes tax credit for volunteers: Does it make sense for taxpayers to pay for volunteerism or does volunteerism itself imply an altruistic, non-monetary activity that needs no material reward?
Volunteerism is not altruistic. There, I said it.
People have motivations for volunteering. They are unique to each individual and come in the form of a desire to socialize; learn something new; gain a...
**Fourth in a series relating to a recent “experiment” in succession planning
Mokita = that which everyone knows and no one speaks of. Sure, the white elephant in the room. Right? In my experience we have joking side conversations about the “white elephant” and typically do nothing to face it down.
Though a familiar concept, this was one of the many “gems” I took away from Leaders Forum with Halley Bock of Fierce, Inc. two weeks ago.
Halley pointed out that a “mokita” is not something to joke about. It is something to tackle head on. She introduced the notion that the Papuans of New Guinea...
In 1994, world-renowned Encyclopedia Britannica released Encarta, the first internet-based version of their encyclopedia, accessible for a fee. Built with a team of paid researchers, and with the support of expensive retrieval software, Encyclopedia Britannica amassed over 300 million characters of text and 2,000 illustrations.
In 2001, Wikipedia was founded as a not-for-profit organization with a mandate to provide a free, open-source, collaborative encyclopedia. The creators invited any user who visited the site to contribute their knowledge as editors of its entries. By June 2012, Wikipedia...
Last week I posted an email from a potential knowledge philanthropist who wanted to volunteer with Vantage Point. I posed the question: What process do you have in place to engage the talents of people who knock on your door?
One of our readers commented: When an applicant has such impressive credentials, a board member (maybe even the chair of the board) or the CEO or other senior staff should arrange to meet to talk more and assess the fit.
I agree. At Vantage Point, each knowledge philanthropist who knocks on our door is referred to Colleen Kelly (our Executive Director and Chief People...
Right now, someone with high-level skills and expertise in your community is thinking about volunteering with your organization. When they knock on your door, will you know how to put their talent to work?
This is an actual email our organization received two weeks ago:
I'm writing to apply for a volunteer position with your organization and feel I'd be a great fit. I have six years of escalating management experience for 5-200 million dollar businesses across western Canada and have led corporate, political, and retail teams to deliver nation-leading results.
How often does your board take time to reflect, tackle tough questions and engage in creative, blue-sky thinking?
Last week one of our facilitators asked a group of board members and executives this exact question. Most agreed their board did not spend as much time as they wanted in this mode of thinking. They talked about how challenging it is to move generative conversations towards actionable, positive results. They feared it would take up significant time – and many are already struggling to get through their current agendas.Some worried generative thinking would send the board down a...