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. [more ...]
Since joining the Vantage Point team, I have spent an exciting six months braving the learning curve. To me, the key to this process has been mentorship.
Outside of the workplace, I have a mentor who has guided me through many important career steps over the past year. Here at Vantage Point, our team fosters mentorship on an ongoing basis between employees, knowledge philanthropists, and program participants alike. Mentorship is also one of the major tenets of our Executive Lab, which offers participants a chance to put their learning into practice by working one-on-one with a seasoned executive director. [more ...]
Our series continues…
This week’s question comes from Joel in Calgary. He asks, “Our managers and supervisors are already running as fast as they can. They can’t take on one more thing, and you’re talking about a complete cultural shift. How do we find the time?”
This may be the most common question we’re asked by people who are intrigued by the concept of an abundant not-for-profit. [more ...]
A different type of inspiration came my way today.
I was fortunate enough to be invited to attend a Vantage Point workshop about ‘Board Basics’. [more ...]
It started slowly. So slowly, I ignored it until it became a big deal. But my gut was telling me – this just isn’t working.
But they were so nice. They had everything I was looking for and seemed really interested at the start. No, I’m not talking about a great date that just never called again. I’m talking about working with a volunteer that isn’t able to deliver. [more ...]
“All successful revolutions are the kicking in of a rotten door”
- John Kenneth Galbraith
This quote is the opening statement in Dan Pallotta’s book Uncharitable: How Constraints on Nonprofits Undermine their Potential. Last week Vantage Point brought Dan Pallotta to Vancouver to share his message with a sold-out room of not-for-profit executives, board members and corporate funders. I was energized by the audible buzz in the room as everyone digested the idea that real progress toward solving social issues may require a new way of thinking about, and investing in, not-for-profits.