Archive for the 'Global Perspectives' Category

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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Trends to Watch for in 2019

Written on January 9, 2019 at 8:54 am

As we move into a new year, there have been a number of pieces discussing trends we should be aware of.  Here are some of the trends I find most interesting:

  • Multiple generations in the work force: In 2019, Generation Z – people born in or after 1997 or 2001 (there are varying parameters being used) – will overtake millennials as the most populous generation in the world, according to a data analysis by Bloomberg. Growing up with smartphones and social media, Gen Z as a whole is a tech-savvy cohort whose rapid rise, along with the increasingly digital nature
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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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Strategic International Outreach

Written on October 23, 2018 at 8:27 am

If your organization is expanding its international reach, taking time for doing the due diligence to explore and understand new environments is crucial. First steps to take include clearly articulating with your board and senior leadership why you want to engage with a particular country or region and what you are trying to accomplish.  Once the answer to these questions are clear, developing a criteria for identifying or determining if a particular area of the world is aligned with your goals is an important next step.

There is a range of steps you can take to conduct your due diligence …

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Going Global Takes Time

Written on August 28, 2018 at 7:44 am

Going Global Takes Time – that was the theme of an American Society of Association Executives MasterClass on operating globally that I presented at last week.  80% of the group represented organizations operating internationally for more than five years, and 24% for more than 20 years, so there was a lot of experience in the room.  The group discussed some of their successes and challenges in increasing their international engagement.  The unifying theme was the need to look at long-term horizons and not rush the process.  Some of the specific topics discussed included:

Cultural sensitivity –  For organizations, there should …

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