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Self Care: Not Just Kale Smoothies

So, how’s that self care going? If you’re like me, it seems months ago that we celebrated the beginning of 2020. Looking back(!) I had several goals for this year and making healthier choices was top of the list. But, in the last three weeks, have I done much to jump start my goal? I […]

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Change is the Only Constant

It’s a hackneyed phrase for sure. But that doesn’t make it wrong.  Here in Ontario, budget cuts, elimination of needed programs and supports in health, the environment, and now arts and culture, are putting added pressure on already pressured non-profit leaders. It’s hard to know which way to turn. Today the Ontario Arts Council announced […]

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Cuts at the Ontario Arts Council

The Ontario Arts Council today announced across the board cuts for operating clients. The OAC’s budget will be reduced to $60 million in 2019.2020 necessitating cost reductions and cost saving measures including: Existing operating clients’ funding baselines will be reduced by 8% Five project grant programs will not accept applications this year National and International […]

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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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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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Transform the Future with Scenario Planning

Executives and Directors of non-profit organizations are being squeezed by increasingly complex challenges in the work environment and flat or decreasing resources with which to address those challenges. And there is tremendous pressure, especially on charities, to keep pushing expenditures ever lower. But continuing to do the same activities with fewer resources and then expecting […]

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Three Non-Profit Wishes for 2015

I’m always fascinated by the heavily researched trend forecasts published each December. Rather than jump on that bandwagon, I’ve made three wishes for 2015 – a wish list of how nonprofit organizations might respond to the ongoing pressures they’ll face in the coming year. Succession issues will only be accelerating as the nonprofit sector faces […]

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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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Personal Career Planning at Work in Culture’s Roundtable on Mentoring

I was pleased to be invited to make a short presentation about Personal Career Planning at last week’s Work in Culture roundtable on mentoring. The roundtable kicked off with Don Duval, VP, Business Services at MaRS who wow’d us with his overview of the mentoring program at MaRS. Don gave us lots of candid details about […]

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