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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...

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...

**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...

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...

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.

Most...

By Lynda Gerty, Director of [we don't know yet!*]

Leave of absence. Professional development. 

Do those two words sound the same to you? Or are they polar opposites?

Luckily for me, at Vantage Point we believe the former.

Last fall, I was presented with an opportunity to lead a national campaign for a few months. I wasn’t looking for something new.  I was in the middle of a few important projects at Vantage Point. And yet, here was this incredible opportunity.

I decided to ask for a leave of absence.  And lo and behold – our entire organization rallied to make it possible. Our Executive Director...

"The Talent Will Take You There."

 Vantage Point developed this new tagline during 2011. After years of struggling with the “V-word”*, its traditional definition and many unsuccessful attempts to redefine it, we believe the word “talent” is bang-on.

“Talent” conveys what we mean when we talk about attracting different kinds of “skilled” people to work with us—with their heads, rather than their hands. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “talent” as: “general intelligence or mental power: ability”. Does the definition fit for your people engagement strategy? Does the word “talent” work for...

The only thing I like about mid-February is that the gym is quiet again. This is when people quit their New Year’s resolutions.

Last week, as I collapse on the gym mat after a particularly long and grueling workout with my trainer, I say to her (insert cheeky tone of voice): “I’ve made it to the gym 8 times this month, upped all of my weights since last time, and I’m doing push-ups on my toes. Since I’ve successfully reached my goal, can I stop working out now?”

You see I’m a project-type person. I love to-do lists just so I can check the “done” box and move on to the next thing. Nothing feels...

Wow! That was one of my 4-year old grandson’s very first words. And how I loved that he said it with such wonder. One of his favorite “wow” moments was the beautiful sunrise he would see on his way to daycare. (His mother was not necessarily as excited by the 6:30 AM sunrise as he was.) 

I was reminded of him the other day as I drove into the Rocky Mountains from Calgary and the sunset was exactly that. Wow! I marveled at the snow-covered mountains, the expanse of pink and blue sky, the vast horizon. It was spectacular. 

Just the day before I flew to Alberta from California, and there was this...

When it comes to partnerships is it really the case that: 1 + 1 = 3 (or more!)? Or, is the reality that, in most cases 1 + 1 = 1 (or even less!)?
I recently returned from an invigorating 3 days at 
Imagine Canada’s National Summit[i] in Ottawa. Despite it taking place on the final afternoon of the event (when my brain synapses are starting to tire), “The Debate: Be it resolved that closer collaboration within the sector does not produce better outcomes”, left me more awake and alert than ever.  

 At the outset, I was sure that those arguing for closer collaboration or partnership[ii] within the...

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