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Most popular blog posts of the decade

Written on December 17, 2019 at 8:05 am

It is hard to believe we are already at the end of the decade (and that I’ve been blogging for a decade!) but here we are 🙂  For my end of the year (decade) post I’m sharing some of my blog posts that have been the most popular this decade.  If you missed some of these, I hope they can be useful to you now.  Happy Reading and Happy Holidays!

First blog post:  How Relevant is Global Thinking?  (2010) Hint: It’s only gotten more relevant over the decade 🙂

What Makes Someone Inspirational (2010) – my most popular blog post …

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Themes and Tips from a Peer Convening

Written on November 21, 2019 at 7:42 am

Upswell is a convening organized by the national organization Independent Sector to bring together those working towards change in the social sector in the US. The following are a few themes and tips I took from participating in this convening recently:

For our organizations:

  • To get different results we need to do things differently.  One practical way of doing that is to get out of our own bubbles and traditional networks for hiring new members to our teams and seeking new partners.
  • We can get very distracted by innovation.  Holding up and strengthening good efforts that are already happening can
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The long term nature of change

Written on February 5, 2019 at 9:36 am

I’ve been leading an initiative that’s now going into its sixth year and have thus been thinking about some of our learning around long term change.  Long term change for organizations and society does not come quickly and takes a lot of on-going commitment through the inevitable ups and downs.  Here are some of things we’ve been learning as we head into our sixth year:

  • Leadership commitment –  Organizations and networks that have been most successful with making significant changes, and most importantly increasing their impact  due to these changes, understand that it is, and plan for it to be,
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2018 Year End Wrap-up

Written on December 12, 2018 at 8:17 am

Some of my favorite pieces this year

From my blog:

Strategic International Outreach, October 2018

Global Trends for Social Sector Organizations, February 2018

From elsewhere around the internet:

Executive Director Transitions, Thousand Currents, October 2018

Design Thinking, Harvard Business Review, September 2018

Language matters if we are serious about inclusion, BOND UK, July 2018

The Most Creative Teams Have a Specific Type of Cultural Diversity, Harvard Business Review, July 2018

Why Can’t NGOs be more business like, Small Change, June 2018

 

Happy Holidays!

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Multi-Generational Dialogue: Getting Practical

Written on May 30, 2018 at 8:31 am

This post has been co-authored by Bonnie Koenig and Alyssa Smaldino

Last year we wrote about the importance of multi-generational dialogue.  We noted a number of considerations to help make these exchanges effective including: two-way dialogue; ensuring that the approach is inclusive and intersectional; strong facilitation; and all participants make a genuine commitment to listen and understand.

Recently we facilitated a workshop for nonprofit leaders to delve further into the practicalities of engaging across generations, and integrating these approaches into organizational practices and cultures.

Some of what we discussed included:

  • The concept of a ‘generation’ has become fluid and often
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