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A few weeks ago, I shared our intention to become laser-focused on our core mission. Since then, we’ve been examining – and questioning – a lot of our sacred cows. Why are we doing what we are doing? Is each activity mission-critical and truly effective? The best use of our human and financial resources? Does it provide unique value to the community?

The initial effects have been surprising. One of the first targets turned out to be our bi-weekly staff meetings. The meetings we convene with external talent are consistently lively and inspiring, but lately the ones with our internal talent had...

When you examine all the work ahead of you on a major project, wouldn’t it be wonderful to wave a magic wand and have everything completed? So often that is our dream in all the areas where we work... a magic wand. How can you find that wand? Could it ever be that easy?

It is completely logical for us to feel that way as we tackle all the parts of writing our book. There are all the elements of design. We've learned there are differences in design for a print and electronic book, so even more decisions than we ever imagined. There are all the elements around a Style Guide, and so many choices...

Today's guest post comes to us from Jaime at Fierce, Inc. We are thrilled to welcome Fierce to Vancouver for Leaders Forum 2012, being held October 18 at the SFU Segal Graduate School. Stay tuned for more information. We'll let you know as soon as tickets are on sale.


“Employees aren’t interested in being treated as cogs in the machine. Employees want to have their hands on the steering wheel and have a clear understanding of their role in the big picture.” -Fierce CEO, Halley Bock

We’ve all heard the horror stories. The tales of employees who go to work each day, who log their time, keep...

As a fairly recent addition to the Vantage Point team, I remember the recruitment process vividly. And naturally, the things that most stumped me at the time are some of the most memorable. During my interview I was asked, “Imagine you bought a bookshelf from IKEA. How would you go about putting it together? What if there were no instructions?”

 My first inclination was to say I would dive right in and just get it done. That’s what potential employers are looking for, right? Someone who can get things done. 

Now, four months in to my work at Vantage Point, I look back on that question through A...

The first two dozen reviewers have now provided input for the book. Each reviewer has thoughtfully contributed to the writing process, as if adding one colour of paint to a painting. The bold, bright colours told us about thoughts and concepts that hit them between the eyes and really worked. 

The neutral, soft colours told us to be cautious with some parts we were missing, and some parts that could annoy readers. The deep, rich colours told us not to say it quite like that. Or not to say it at all.

So many colours; so many ideas.

We have developed, experimented and lived the people lens...

Today we have a new blog. You may not have noticed – the cosmetic changes are slight - but the back-end structure allows for knowledge sharing that is more tailored for the audience (that’s you!). Our new blog is an example of the overflowing cup of knowledge philanthropists eager to lend their time and talent to an organization just like yours. 

You see, the real story here isn’t our new blog. It’s that proactively searching for volunteer talent sometimes results in more expertise streaming your way than you thought possible. 

Five months ago Sandy Sethi responded to our Blog Design Dynamo...

What if not-for-profit leaders embraced the idea that people, more than money, are the key to creating change in our communities? 

This sector is full of leaders who see opportunity all around them. I call them “glass-half-full” kind of people.  Talk to them about their cause and they are passionate, innovative and positive. But begin to talk with about the day-to-day work and these same people sigh and say: “if only we had enough money to do all the things we want to do”. The thing is, we never will. That glass will always be half empty.

What if instead we said, “Ah-ha! We can have enough...

By Jennifer Carreiro, Customer Relations Specialist & Guest Contrbutor Erik Talkin, Executive Director, Foodbank of Santa Barbara County

At Vantage Point, we're all about leadership. It's front and centre in our mission, and we’ve been thinking lately about how effective we are at communicating our culture of leadership to those we engage as internal and external talent.

So, when we came across a post on this topic from our friends at the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, we had to share. This excerpt from the Foodbank of Santa Barbara's blog is a letter their executive director, Erik...

Last month’s post, Off to the Races, was the first blog (of many to come) for our new book. We have made good progress since then – largely because we have taken a different approach.

It won’t be a surprise for those who know us well to hear that this race is actually a team relay! We are very lucky to have both excellent salaried employees and outstanding knowledge philanthropists as part of our relay team. In fact, there are more than 40 people already actively engaged. People are contributing to our Book Task Force, Book Leadership Team, and several Review Crews. A number of people are...

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

On a boat, it’s critical to know who’s in charge of the vessel and the crew. A clear line of command determines who makes the final call on a multitude of decisions at sea. People’s lives depend on it.

My husband has sailed since he was a child and on our boat he is our fearless Captain. He even has a hat with the title on it in case I dare to forget. He takes his responsibilities very seriously. He understands that ultimately, in whatever we’re facing, it’s his call – always. He’ll ask my advice along the way but I...


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