Having a smart, creative, hard-working board is a major driver of an organization’s success at the best of times — but during periods of change or disruption it becomes crucial. That’s when any weakness in governance and oversight can crack the foundation of your organization. JoAnne Doyle of United Way Toronto & York Region shared […]
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Published on 21/04/2017
Having a smart, creative, hard-working board is a major driver of an organization’s during periods of change or disruption.
Published on 24/03/2017
Exploring the challenges our democracy is facing today and how people who care about democracy should respond.
From all sides, we are hearing that our democracy is facing challenges. How should we respond? Karim Bardeesy talked about how a renewal of democratic activity across sectors can help institutions work better and be more responsive to the people they serve. Five Good Ideas Let’s listen to forgotten stakeholders (including our own), and let’s […]
Published on 13/02/2017
How to set the right tone and create an environment that supports staff in a time of uncertainty.
Deadlines, disruptions, fear and instability take a toll on staff and management. We all feel the stress at certain points. As a leader, how can you set the right tone and create an environment that supports staff in a time of uncertainty? For yourself, what tactics can you use to manage stress? How can you […]
Published on 18/01/2017
How “disruptive” views and ideas shine a light on histories, facts, realities that are not part of the popular “norm.”
Disruptive questions and ideas are not about “conflict” but more about looking at the world in a different way. If we want meaningful change to happen, we must disrupt the status quo. And by doing that, we should look at the “conventional wisdom” from an alternative (often minority) point of view. In this Five Good […]
Published on 05/12/2016
A behind-the-scenes look at how some of our sector’s leaders come up with ideas and how to make them stick.
The evening’s panel discussion provided a behind-the-scenes look at how some of our sector’s leaders come up with ideas, how they can tell when they’ve got a good one, and how to make them stick. Mary Rowe, urbanist, civic entrepreneur and newly appointed Deputy Principal Secretary, Office of the Premier of Ontario, moderated a panel […]
Published on 18/11/2016
How evaluation can strengthen an organization's ability to navigate and thrive in disruption.
These are disruptive times. Events on the other side of the world affect public policies at home. New technology changes the way we communicate, work and live. Our values and cultural rules evolve at a relentless rate. Leading and managing non-profit organizations is less like stewarding a well-oiled machine and a lot more like white […]
Published on 26/10/2016
Achieving our mission in the midst of new challenges and a shifting context.
We are living in a time of disruption. Whether in the public or private sphere, this disruption is challenging our existing assumptions and models, leading to new and innovative solutions. How we perceive ourselves as leaders and the role we play in leading change in this environment can impact the success of our organizations. How […]
Published on 25/05/2016
Budgets are an important tool to define our nonprofit organizations – to our funders, to our boards, to our staff, and to ourselves.
Our budgets are an important tool we can use to define our nonprofit organizations – to our funders, to our boards, to our staff, to ourselves. We need to have a strong budget in place to ensure we work on the right projects, provide a clear reason to donate, and help our clients see that […]
Published on 26/04/2016
Small- and medium-sized organizations can help inform government policies.
Many non-profit organizations don’t view themselves as part of the public policy landscape because they are focused on delivering services and programs to their clients, not lobbying for change on Parliament Hill or at Queen’s Park. But, in a number of important ways, the voices of these organizations can help shape critical public policy issues. […]