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Sharpen Your Saw in 2019

It’s hard to believe that the official beginning of winter and the new calendar year occurred only a few weeks ago! Many people use these milestones to reflect on the past year and plan for the future. As an interim Executive Director, I often find myself coaching staff who are experiencing a leadership transition. I […]

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Five Things You Can Do To Protect Against Sexual Misconduct at your Charity

  I was asked by the Toronto Arts Foundation to deliver a short presentation on human resources for directors of small not-for-profit and charitable organizations. In January, I opened my news feed to see that the artistic director of a prominent Canadian theatre company was being sued by four actors for sexual harassment – and […]

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Interim Leadership: More Gain, Less Pain

A recent assignment as interim executive director for a mid-sized non-profit confirmed my experience that engaging an interim executive director or CEO during times of transition results in a more successful permanent hire and a more productive organization. Finding the right permanent non-profit leader has never been more difficult. The expansion of responsibilities and the […]

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Boards & Advocacy: Engagement is Essential

BoardSource has released an updated edition of their excellent publication Ten Basic Responsibilities of Non-Profit Boards which puts advocacy high on the list of essential responsibilities for voluntary non-profit leaders. Why Is Advocacy Important Board Work? The missions of non-profit organizations are too important for boards not to contribute their voices to amplify our messages. […]

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Want Better Decisions? Science Says Take a Nap!

Ok, the nap idea is mine. But the science part is true. Fascinating new research into the way that the brain processes information suggests that the best way to improve decision-making is by utilizing the unconscious. Unconscious Thought Theory is based on research by social psychologists Ap Dijksterhuis and Loran Nordgren that shows the combination of rational or conscious […]

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