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When I first met Danielle I was impressed by her humour and her honesty, but mostly, by her passion for the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and her mission to grow the organization and provide real value to its members. 

Danielle recently came to the not-for-profit sector after an extensive career in retail with roles in marketing, operations, human resources, and customer service. This combination of skills gives her an ideal foundation for her role at the BBB. Danielle has big goals for the organization; the association serves the requirements of its members and also has the opportunity to...

Vancovuer Not-For-Profit Leadership Conference BOSS: Building Organizational and Sector Sustainability

 

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.

  1. Love in your Everyday Work Life - Paul Lacerte
    Join the love revolution; make love eyes to...

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Episode 6 - The "Chronically" Absent Board Member
 

Chilwen Cheng, Managing Partner, Ascendion Law

Chilwin Cheng, Managing Partner of Ascendion Law, tireless not-for-profit governor, and former radio host, joins me this month to share his thoughts on rising to the challenge of the chronically absent board member.

Chilwin invites executive directors and board members (in particular the Board Chair!) to consider how they can nurture a culture that supports every board member to show up to board meetings – in body and in mind (i.e., having prepared for the meeting and ready to engage in conversations that govern!). 

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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...

As a Leader, What Do You Need to Keep Learning?

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:

  • Technology. This needs no explanation. The...

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Episode 5 - Let's Talk Metrics
 

Carol Dixon, Director, Mission Services & Volunteer Resources l Providence Health Care

In this month’s podcast, I was thrilled to have Michael McKnight, President & CEO of United Way of the Lower Mainland and former President of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada, join me to talk metrics: ones that speak to mission impact.

Michael shares his energy for meaningfully talking about organizational impact in a way that speaks to how we have amplified positive change in our communities, rather than focusing scarce board time on total annual operating revenue and other, more traditional, financial metrics.

From Michael’s vantage point, it’s tough to...

 

When the final results of the board election came in at my AGM last week, my name wasn’t on the list of new board members. I knew it wouldn’t be, but that didn’t make it any less difficult. I’ve sat on the same working board for the last three years. Each year, seven dedicated individuals become the brains and the brawn behind a three day performing arts festival that showcases over 100 performers in front of an audience of over 1000. 

Several considerations led me to step down from my board of directors:

  1. Winning at recruitment - We were able to generate a lot of interest from potential board...

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Episode 4 - Volunteer Recognition: Just say No to Years of Service Awards
 

Carol Dixon, Director, Mission Services & Volunteer Resources l Providence Health Care

In this month’s podcast, Carol Dixon, Director, Mission Services & Volunteer Resources at Providence Health Care, joins me to share tips and perspective on the topic: Volunteer Recognition: Just say No to Years of Service Awards

Drawing on over 35 years in volunteer engagement (and a healthy sense-of-humour!), Carol provides us with a number of examples of high-impact volunteer recognition that won’t break the bank. From Carol’s vantage point, the key is to invest in thoughtful, individualized volunteer...

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Episode 3 - Consent Agendas: Take the Spotlight Off the Boring Stuff
 

Mark Friesen, Consulting Manager l Vantage PointIn our 3rd episode, I interview Vantage Point’s own Consulting Manager, Mark Friesen. Having written a blog post on the same topic a few months ago, Mark was excited to share his thoughts on the topic: Consent Agendas: Take the Spotlight Off the Boring Stuff.  From Mark’s vantage point, consent agenda are a potentially powerful tool to carve our space and energy for board members to have the most engaging and relevant conversations, allowing the board to spend more time governing, rather than managing, the organization...

BOSS is great. BOSS is outstanding. 

BOSS is not in our job title or how we exercise control. It's not in how we act or how we give orders. 

BOSS is a defining word for the amazing work we do in this sector day in and day out. BOSS is the dedication we share as leaders of not-for-profit organizations.

  • BOSS is Becoming Our Strongest Selves
  • BOSS is Building Our Shared Success
  • BOSS is Building Organizational & Sector Sustainability

BOSS is a new leadership conference specifically for the not-for-profit sector. 

On October 15, 2015, we are convening seasoned and emerging leaders, board members...

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