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Mark Friesen, experienced not-for-profit strategic planner and Consulting Manager with Vantage Point, walks us through key practices to impactfully engage stakeholders during strategic planning. Mark explains the value of surveys, interviews, and focus groups while sharing different tactical approaches, including having board members participate in stakeholder outreach. 

For some of us The Sound of Music is a favorite treat at this time of year. In many ways, Maria was like an Executive Director – overworked, making clothes out of drapes, running up and down mountains -  and all through it all remaining cheerful! She even sang about her favorite things!

In this month’s podcast, find out how single malt Scotch can teach us a thing or two about designing successful employee engagement surveys.

From our Vantage Point podcast - is a monthly podcast that shares expert perspectives and practical approaches to tackling common topics and concerns in not-for-profit governance and management.

What a fun year it has been, hosting local experts on a variety of specific topics that YOU have been urging us to offer more resources on. In case you missed these bite-sized learning opportunities when they were first published, take 10 minutes or so and listen to one of these top 10 episodes.

From our Vantage Point podcast - is a monthly podcast that shares expert perspectives and practical approaches to tackling common topics and concerns in not-for-profit governance and management.

Brad Beattie, founder of POP The People Agency, invites us to imagine achieving all of our aspirational community goals without “mission fatigue” through innovative workforce models that enable teams to thrive as people and project leaders.

This month we consider ways to deepen our learning from formal professional development through social connections. Gayle Farrell, our guest and the President of Siena Consulting, describes the unique benefits of “social learning” in the workplace and encourages us to intentionally show up as both learner and teacher in our everyday interactions with our peers.

At the heart of my quest to join a board was a desire to connect with my community, meet a new group of passionate people, support an organization whose work I cared deeply about and to learn, learn, learn. I am not embarrassed to confess that my motives were not entirely altruistic either. In my current role at Vantage Point, I oversee our membership and act as a project manager but one of my core strengths is my ability to strategize...

From our Vantage Point podcast - is a monthly podcast that shares expert perspectives and practical approaches to tackling common topics and concerns in not-for-profit governance and management.

Juliana Laing, one of our local governance experts, brings the Board Chair and ED Partnership to life in this month’s podcast. She emphasizes the importance of treating this partnership like many other key relationships in life, beginning with a strong foundation of trust with a willingness to tackle tough issues in a timely and open way. 

When I joined Vantage Point 10 years ago, overly pessimistic alarm-bells were ringing with stark projections of a not-for-profit leadership “gap” due to a mass exodus of senior leaders. With Baby Boomers redefining “normal” retirement age and exiting at a slower rate than anticipated, not-for-profits are demonstrating a more abundant reality, finding new leaders quickly and effectively, both developing from within and attracting from other sectors...

From our Vantage Point podcast - is a monthly podcast that shares expert perspectives and practical approaches to tackling common topics and concerns in not-for-profit governance and management.

In this month’s podcast we consider the topic: In-Camera Board Meetings: who, what, why, how? With the drive towards increasing transparency in the governance realm, the use of in-camera board meetings is a hot topic. Shawn Mitchell, expert in not-for-profit governance and leadership, joins me to share his thoughts on how to employ in-camera board meetings to strengthen organizational governance. Shawn is the Executive Director for the Vancouver Botanical Gardens Association, and a three-term member of the board of MEC, where he also chairs the governance committee.

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