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Let's make governance fun and engaging. Discover three practices that your organization can implement to make your governance work more impactful.

 

What is your life motto?

I have a tendency to earnestness (Mead) which I counter with play, enjoyment, and connecting with others (Goldman). Wandering off the well-worn path (Tolkien) gives us a glimpse of a bigger world, a different and diverse world. And, I heartily approve of wandering, despite my love of a good, practical plan.

How would you describe your leadership approach/brand/philosophy?

Leadership is about giving hope – hope that we can succeed, hope that complex problems can be solved, hope that the world is a grand place where most people want to do the right thing. It is also...

Let's make governance fun and engaging. Discover three practices that your organization can implement to make your governance work more impactful.

Serving on a board should be fun and engaging. At Vantage Point we’re passionate advocates for governance that goes beyond oversight. With a focus on impact, there are some great practices organizations can use to support meaningful governance. In our work we often come across organizations that have developed or adopted unique governance practices that are aligned with their values.

Organizational culture is an important part of your organization. Learn key insights into how to adapt your organizational culture to increase effectiveness in your organization.

More and more, BC not-for-profit organizations are looking to make a greater impact through their boards. Some groups want to go beyond the typical governance practices - such as monthly meetings, Robert’s Rules of Order, and the implied expectation that directors are fiscal managers. Recently, a group reached out to Vantage Point to ask how they could support and reflect indigenous cultural practices at the board level. There is also a rising awareness to support and reflect the diversity of our communities in our boards.

Organizational culture is an important part of your organization. Learn key insights into how to adapt your organizational culture to increase effectiveness in your organization.

Imagine a community service organization with no explicit policy manual on customer communications. Yet somehow, whenever the phone rings or someone walks in the front door, whichever staff member is in the office stops what they’re doing to provide immediate assistance, regardless of that person’s role in the organization. How does this happen? How does a particular pattern of behaviour become consistent across a diverse team?

Strategic planning is an important for your not-for-profit organization. Get the tips and tools to make your process a success!

Taking the time to update or develop your organization’s strategic plan can often feel daunting. There are, however, numerous benefits to having a current and clear strategic plan for your organization. Whether you do a quick refresh session or undertake a comprehensive review – here are some of the benefits we hear from organization’s that take the time to develop or renew their plan.

5 Reasons to do Leadership Development with your Not-For-Profit Team

Let’s face it – you and the rest of your staff are rock stars. If you’re anything like most not-for-profits in BC, you deliver an incredible array of programs and services relative to the resources at your disposal. In this environment not-for-profit staff teams excel at program delivery, partnerships, and adjusting the services they provide to the community on a regular basis. This strength, however, can also present a challenge. When does your staff team have an opportunity to develop their personal leadership skills?

In a blog post last October, our Associate Executive Director Maria Turnbull highlighted the importance of building your board with ‘forest thinkers’. These individuals naturally focus on high level strategic direction, mission, relevance and values – rather than on operational details. 

Forest thinkers create an atmosphere that is conducive to governing, strategizing, and visioning; which are key activities for your board to perform effectively. A critical dimension to effective governance is inspiring these activities, and your forest thinkers, during board meetings. 

To inspire strategic...

In July, I discussed the complicated marriage of operations and governance for a board without paid staff and how a consent agenda can help maximize your board meetings. This week, I offer some tips and tricks for achieving this balance and ensuring the important work of governance does not get mired in the detail of operations. 

Mitch Dorger discussed this topic in an edition of Nonprofit Quarterly, outlining five possibilities for balancing these two important functions:

  1. Divide the board into governance and operational committees
  2. Develop specific job descriptions for each of two boards – a...

Sitting at the breakfast table with my four year old, and she starts asking me about where we're going that day.

It's a Saturday, and my wife and I have a slate of fun outings planned with both of our kids; a trip to the playground, a stopover at the library while one of us shops, and then dinner with the grandparents (whom she loves to visit). However, at the moment, I'm preoccupied frantically trying to chop up some cheese slices for our 1 year old before she throws a tantrum. So I answer my four year old with a curt: "we're going out today."{C}

Well, that's not good enough. She gets...

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...

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