Early last year, Vantage Point began an exciting new partnership with the City of Vancouver. Together, over the past 15 months, we have provided 232 local not-for-profit leaders with access to learning opportunities focused on leadership and governance.
This unique partnership was born from a shared belief in the critical role not-for-profit leaders play in creating a connected, vibrant and healthy city. “Cultivating excellence in not-for-profit leadership is key to strengthening and creating positive change in our communities,” says Cherryl Masters, Cultural Planner at the City.
Two weeks ago, our crew was buzzing about a potential knowledge philanthropist who’d left us a voice message. David is a self-described entrepreneur, innovator, and influencer. Soon after moving to Vancouver he wandered past Vantage Point’s offices, noticed a poster about our new book, went home and downloaded it, read it and called us to see how his skills could further our mission. Wow!
The theme of the upcoming BoardSource Leadership Forum is Bold Leadership: Taking Risks, Thinking Big! It has prompted me to think about the kinds of risk I take as a leader. Specifically, I’ve been...
The relationship between board chair and executive director is critical. Many of us know this, and yet it’s not always easy to figure out what to actively do as a result.
I recently interviewed the board chairs of two different organizations; both alumni of our Governance Lab. From them, I learned there is a simple first step to building the relationship between an executive director and board chair. And that is – a commitment to make time and space to be together. Both board chairs felt their relationships with their executive directors had improved after spending regular time together...
Did you know… the first instant cake mix Betty Crocker developed did not sell very well? Initial product surveys indicated customers felt “just adding water” was too easy, and therefore the cake must not be worth eating. So Betty Crocker went back to the drawing board and added one more step – an egg. After 59 years I think it’s obvious how successful this change made Betty Crocker.
What does Betty Crocker cake mix have to do with your organization’s volunteer roles? Well – is it possible volunteers want a different experience than the one you’re offering?
Over the past few years, I have been a “high potential,” “second in command,” “next generation” leader. As mentioned in past blog posts, I’ve been part of an experiment in succession planning here at Vantage Point. Last week, I returned from maternity leave to embark on a five month journey to turn that experiment into reality (and put my potential to the test) by assuming the role of Interim Executive Director.
After a heart-wrenching, “Mummy, I’d like you to stay home with me,” from my three year old on Monday morning, I left my little ones to my talented and generally awesome Mum. I...
Just over seven days ago, we invited not-for-profit leaders across North America into a conversation about not-for-profit abundance.
After two years of research, writing and editing, it was a little nerve-wracking to finally release The Abundant Not-for-Profit into the world. We hoped the message would resonate. We hoped it would spark your imagination. We hoped you might share it with others.
Today, we want to say a huge thank you.
Thank you for downloading the book, for reading it, for sending us your positive feedback – and for spreading the word.
It’s time to challenge conventional thinking in our sector. It’s time to engage the abundance of talented people that are willing – even yearning – to contribute to our organizations, if only we can realize how to work with them effectively.
It’s time to stop bemoaning our lack of resources and...
We know there are many stories of organizations that have adopted a business model that recruits people to be volunteers – and then focuses on their knowledge, skills and experience. They recruit volunteer “heads.” We know these organizations understand the high value they gain as they hire exceptional consultants they can pay with meaning, rather than money. At Vantage Point we are always excited to hear, and then tell, those stories.
You can build an abundant not-for-profit in many different ways. The first ingredient is always realizing people are passionate about your cause and are anxious...
Are you proud of your board? Do the people around the table inspire you? When recruiting, do you ask yourself: will this person bring greater pride and inspiration to the board?
Too many of us begin board recruitment with lofty goals and end up accepting “warm bodies.” We know these people are not a perfect fit. They are only “qualified” because they have the time and some interest.
Let’s stop this practice and start working with only the best. Period.
Your board composition is greater than the sum of its parts. One person has the potential to change the entire culture. When high performing...