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Don’t Let Robert’s Rules Rule Your Meetings

By | Governance, Leadership, Strategy and Advice, Tips | No Comments

So, social enterprise and social impact organization folks, hands up if you’ve ever had this experience: you’re in a critical or an important meeting and the discussion on the issue that must be decided gets derailed because of an argument over whether the sub-amendment can be made to the main motion and whether or not there needs to be a seconder to the friendly amendment.

What’s just happened is that you’ve crossed the rubicon between using Robert’s Rules to help guide your meeting and letting Robert’s Rules rule your meeting. This isn’t a good line to cross. Your organization’s rules of order should be flexible, with a goal of enabling good, productive discussion in order to succeed – they shouldn’t be things that derail discussions.

I’ve got some simple suggestions that you can use very quickly to make your meetings more productive, by not letting Roberts’ Rules rule your meetings. Read on for more! Read More

Do onboarding well: increase your impact

By | Building Success, Leadership, Social Enterprise, Social Impact, What we're reading | No Comments

The Globe and Mail recently ran an article about Vancity Credit Union’s onboarding sessions – the immersion program that the credit union offers to all of its staff and even its Board of Directors when they join the organization. From a read of that article, it seems like an awesome program. I’ve been involved in some activities around it, and I can echo many of the impactful statements that were made.

There’s a key takeaway that you can get from this short but informative piece. How you bring people into your organization matters – it’s first impressions, but on an important new level. When it comes to bringing people into social impact organizations, you can be build a culture for impact, if you do your onboarding well. You can even increase your impact by building a culture of engagement and empowerment. Read on to find out how. Read More

A powerful question to revitalize your passion for impact

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This weekend, I joined my colleagues in the SFU RADIUS Fellowship in Radical Doing at a retreat at Crescent Beach. The retreat was a program launch retreat – it combined goals of introducing us to each other and to the program, but to also start getting us to think about what we wanted to develop over the course of the program.  Our program leader, Tamara, had us do one exercise that I thought was particularly powerful – all based on question that seemed to simple as to be innocuous.

However, that one question gave me a burst of inspiration and revitalized my passion for change. Read on, and I’ll share that question, and tell you how you and your organization should ask it of yourselves. It’s really that simple and that powerful. Read More