What is Coaching?

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Coaching has surged in popularity during the past 15 years. Not surprisingly, there are as many definitions of Coaching as there are Coaches.  Previously coaches were contracted to fix behavioural problems at the senior level, but as Coaching has become more common in the workplace, it has evolved to build on an individual’s strengths to […]

Start your own nonprofit (Part 2)

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This week we continue our tips on starting your own nonprofit You have an idea that can help others.  Where do you start?  First, figure out how to structure your idea.  Do you want to start a nonprofit?  Or a charity?  Or a for-profit enterprise? Path #3 – incorporate as nonprofit Instead of getting angel […]

Start your own nonprofit (Part 1)

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You have an idea that can help others.  Where do you start?  First, figure out how to structure your idea.  Do you want to start a nonprofit?  Or a charity?  Or a for-profit enterprise? There are 170,000 nonprofits in Canada.  All have a goal that is something other than profit.  They do not have shareholders […]

What is the difference between sales and fundraising?

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Answer: they are similar; but fundraising is harder. Why is this topic important for EDs?  If you want to recruit volunteers who can help you with fundraising, search for sales people. How are sales and fundraising the same? The sales department in a for-profit will be structured similarly to the fundraising department in a non-profit. […]

The Rogue, the Self-Interested and the Wise Elder – Governance tips

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As a MAS consultant I assist Directors with understanding their Roles and Responsibilities in governing their respective organizations.  There has to be a solid governance infrastructure in place for the organization to meet its public obligations for accountability and transparency. So the governance infrastructure is in place.  What now?  Just like we have a network […]

The Boringly Concise Guide To Making A Motion

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“I’d like to make a motion.” How often have you heard someone pop this little surprise at a meeting? It comes right out of the blue, like an unwanted telephone solicitation from a goldfish babysitting service. You’ve been to those awkward meetings. Team members get together to discuss a project while munching on stale muffins […]

Overcoming Team Tension – Part 2

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In the last blog we looked at how to recognize the symptoms of team tension. So, what are some practical ways to manage it? The first is to simply acknowledge that team tension exists. This can take some bravery. In the middle of a meeting, make a declaration: “We seem to be at an impasse […]

Overcoming Team Tension – Part 1

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You’re working on a big project. Deadlines are approaching. Major work needs to be done. Numerous team members are involved. The goal is clear. At the beginning of the project, things go smoothly.  But then trouble sets in. It starts out as a minor difference of opinion between team members. Then, there’s a stall in […]

How To Attend The Best Meeting Ever

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Were there any important decisions made at the last dinner party you attended? Probably not. You never think about a dinner party as having an agenda or a stated purpose. The conversation just goes off in all sorts of directions, from politics, to sports, to the recipe for that fabulous banana chicken in a black […]

Establishing Ground Rules for a Meeting

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It has become customary to establish ground rules for conduct during a facilitated meeting.  I like to think of these as the contract between the facilitator and the group.  If I am the facilitator, you tell me how you’d like yourself and the other participants to behave, and I hold you all to that standard.  […]

 

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