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Catalyst, Leadership, Resources

Are you looking forward to getting your organization moving again after the year end festivities?Most charities work hard right up to the final day of the calendar year to maximize fundraising as donors give for an annual tax receipt. For many, the first weeks of a new year are a relatively less urgent time when there may be greater potential for investing in strategic priorities beyond the daily whirlwind of tasks and deadlines. It can be a time to refocus and reinvest as well as to recover.This may be the bestSEE DETAILS

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Leadership, Vision

It’s no coincidence that the words values and costs are so strongly associated.Your values, political, organizational, or personal, mean close to nothing unless they cost you something.We are living in a time when there is a rise in expressed hatred and bigotry. We are seeing the lowest versions of people and even nations celebrated. None of this is new, but it feels like a growing wave. It is difficult for leaders to know how to respond.I hear increasing calls for public declarations of allegiance, participation in movements, and joining petitions.SEE DETAILS

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Leadership

I don’t sing well.This isn’t any form of humility; it is an objective fact supported by decades of people cringing or shuddering when I let loose with my best efforts.. It has gotten somewhat better over the years but I can still vividly remember leading a campfire sing along as a teenager and being laughed at by the whole circle for how far off key I was. That kind of humiliation sticks with you.I don’t get invited to sing these days, but I do a lot of other public communication.SEE DETAILS

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Leadership

Do you remember Trivial Pursuit?Family night in the 1980’s frequently involved moving our coloured “pies” around the board answering general knowledge and pop culture questions to earn what my dad always called “wedgies”. At our house winning Trivial Pursuit was worth major bragging rights.The game was so popular that there were stories of people memorizing thousands of answers from the boxes full of cards. Those cards were ultimate authority, even when we sometimes disputed their accuracy.I haven’t heard of anyone playing Trivial Pursuit in years but my kids have becomeSEE DETAILS

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I’ve recently talked to two charity leaders I respect about their organizations entering their “3.0” phase.People much more studied than myself can offer a fuller exploration of the stages of development organizations experience, and whether they differ in the charitable sector. What I’m pondering is how leaders approach organizational culture in each of the common (oversimplified) stages.Organization 1.0 The Start UpMost often driven by a charismatic founder, start up charities are typically working on the frontlines of an issue or community. They are tactical, adaptable, and highly committed. Staff andSEE DETAILS </s...

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