Can leadership be taught?

It doesn’t seem that long ago I was asked to deliver a workshop in leadership.  As I felt a little weird about delivering such content I agreed to work with the pre-prepared materials and diligently set about delivering the lesson. After lunch I’d reached my boiling point, I made a snide comment to my co-facilitator (who had passed the organisation’s learning …

Tips for emerging leaders: Carly Green

Introducing Carly Green, Human Resources Manager, InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort (QLD)… MOVE OVER TALL POPPIES.  Carly is a lady who is comfortable in her leadership skin.  But it hasn’t always been like that for her.  Can you teach people to have initiative?  “Yes!” says Carly.  Join us as Carly shares her leadership journey and some ideas for developing a team …

Fundraising, a teen perspective

My son (now 13)  has been raised in an entrepreneurial environment so it doesn’t really surprise me that when his Fiverr account hit 20,000 views per month he asked if I’d like to buy a link – $10 per month or $15 for lifetime. So when he started following online gamers I was annoyed (from a parenting perspective) but simultaneously curious …

Small change equals big change

How would you support the social purpose that you care about if you had one hundred and forty bucks in your hand? I wasn’t quite sure what I’d hear when I cast this challenge to the inspiring group of workshop participants in our social change workshop yesterday. But I was delighted with the responses: They told me they could: * …

Who does your money support?

This could be a righteous story about how great I am at spending money the ‘right’ way.  About how wonderful we are at saving the planet or the world or how awesomely we walk our talk. Actually it’s not going to be told like that. This is a story of an awakening. You see, I’ve always liked the idea of …

No marching band, no stripes

I distinctly remember a visit from the Governor General to my primary school in the early 1980s.  According to Wikipedia this must have been Sir Ninian Martin Stephen who, according to my recent reading (on Wikipedia) appears to be a rightly honorable Sir. But my childhood memories of this leader are quite different.  To me he was the man who …

Am I a leader?

How often do you ask yourself the question; “Am I a leader?” If you work in the community sector chances are you don’t ask the question very often, if ever. And why would you? Leaders are the first ones with their heads on the chopping block, they have big decision to make, they are the meat in the sandwich wedged between …

Connection creation is not magic

Connection, the ability to connect may contain some elements that appear to be magic.  But even the most skilled magicians have a ‘go to’ kit which enables them to wow audiences again and again. How to create connection – PART ONE One of the greatest mistakes not for profits make in marketing is assuming that people will connect with them …

The commodity of connection

If your organisation relies on government funding for survival no doubt you’re starting to get a bit worried about the future.  A few weeks ago I posted an introduction to Evolve Network’s ‘giving’ series which commenced with the feature on giving that brings community together. Over the next few weeks I’m going to share some ideas with you about engaging philanthropic …

Who is giving to you this Christmas?

As not for profit organisations face a new era of business sustainability understanding the intricacies  of revenue generation beyond government funding is becoming an increasingly important skill set to hone. I’ve been exploring and experimenting with alternate models for financial sustainability for years but in the past months decided to do a deeper dive, in this case into the motivations behind …