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Episode 3 - Consent Agendas: Take the Spotlight Off the Boring Stuff
 

Mark Friesen, Consulting Manager l Vantage PointIn our 3rd episode, I interview Vantage Point’s own Consulting Manager, Mark Friesen. Having written a blog post on the same topic a few months ago, Mark was excited to share his thoughts on the topic: Consent Agendas: Take the Spotlight Off the Boring Stuff.  From Mark’s vantage point, consent agenda are a potentially powerful tool to carve our space and energy for board members to have the most engaging and relevant conversations, allowing the board to spend more time governing, rather than managing, the organization...

BOSS is great. BOSS is outstanding. 

BOSS is not in our job title or how we exercise control. It's not in how we act or how we give orders. 

BOSS is a defining word for the amazing work we do in this sector day in and day out. BOSS is the dedication we share as leaders of not-for-profit organizations.

  • BOSS is Becoming Our Strongest Selves
  • BOSS is Building Our Shared Success
  • BOSS is Building Organizational & Sector Sustainability

BOSS is a new leadership conference specifically for the not-for-profit sector. 

On October 15, 2015, we are convening seasoned and emerging leaders, board members...

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...

 

Michael Davis has enjoyed a very interesting career. In his twenties he lived and worked on a vintage wooden boat, sailing up and down the BC coast. In his late twenties he decided to do something different with his life and an avid interest in politics led him to manage various campaigns of some well-known politicians from all sides of the spectrum in BC. 

Michael is a graduate of the Royal Roads University Public Relations Management Program, and has provided counsel to a variety of organizations, including Wal-Mart Canada, the City of Fort St. John, and Insite (Canada’s first supervised...

We think not! 

I was invited to speak on CBC’s BC Almanac today in response to the state of volunteering in Canada. I thought I would share some of the concepts that we gathered in preparing for the interview. Tell me what you think!

Statistics Canada releases new study on volunteerism

The headline some will take away from the study is that 66% of Canadians cite lack of time as a reason for not volunteering. But this statistic misses the bigger picture. Looking at the numbers another way, there’s a different story: The proportion of Canadians who volunteer has held steady at 44%. So, accounting...

 

From our Vantage Point

EPISODE 2 - Walking the Tight-rope: Employee vs. Independent Contractors
 

For our 2nd podcast, guest speaker Gordon Holley, President & CEO of Humanity Financial Management, shares his expert perspective on the topic: Walking the Tight-rope: Employees vs. Independent Contractors. Gordon provides insights on the perceived benefit to individuals and organizations to engage in a contractor relationship, rather than as employer-employee. He then explores the potential risks an organization exposes itself to for improperly classifying people as independent contractors when they are really...

For those of you who have stood across from the Tourist Information Centre in Victoria harbour and admired the Fairmont Empress at the corner of Humboldt and Government, you may not have had a clue you were so close to such an unlikely celebrity sighting. I certainly didn’t on a recent visit, until a small hand grabbed mine and yanked me down a little path leading into The Empress gardens. Rather than a detour to “smell the roses”, however, this detour offered us quite the unexpected – Roger, the yellow-bellied marmot. 

What a wondrous moment to spot this (somewhat elusive) colony of one. Upon...

 

From our Vantage Point

EPISODE 1 - Board Terms: Friend or Foe?

 

 

Join guest speaker, Michael Blatchford, lawyer with Bull Housser, to dive into the topic: Board Term Limits: Friend or Foe? When I approached Michael about the possibility of bringing his expertise to this podcast, and provided him with a list of potential topics, Michael looked at today’s topic, Term Limits: Friend or Foe, and said…I’ve got a lot to say about that one!

Our Inaugural From our Vantage Point podcast

From our Vantage Point is a monthly podcast that shares expert perspectives and practical approaches to tackling common topics and concerns...

Reposted with permission from Bull Housser

By Michael Blatchford and Bryan Millman – Bull Housser**

The provincial legislation that creates and governs all societies in British Columbia is receiving an overhaul. The current Society Act dates from 1977 and while outdated in some respect remains the legislation of choice for not-for-profit organizations in BC.

The new Societies Act (the “Act”) was driven by a growing need to modernize the regulatory scheme governing societies in BC. On April 22, 2015, the Act received third reading at the BC legislature. The replacement legislation will likely...

 

Branislav is intense, thoughtful, and widely read and travelled. Our conversation spanned a wide range of topics including power and who wants it, gender salary differences, and his thoughts on good leadership. He believes in authentic, flat leadership and prefers to let others shine and lead. As a leader he needs to be fully committed to the cause and certain that he is solving more problems that he is creating.

Originally trained as a dancer in Munich, later deepening his studies at conservatory level at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in London, Branislav also holds a Master...

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