Three Words I No Longer Use

Are you robbing people of reaching their highest potential by using words that reduce their energy, creativity, curiousity and enthusiasm? Are you reducing their chances for finding and implementing the best possible solutions to their challenges? I’ve banned three such words from my vocabulary, and there are some others I’m working on but still slip … Read more

What Does a Great Executive Transition Look Like? Words of Wisdom from Jack Shand

I had the good fortune to interview Jack over a lovely lunch recently. Jack Shand (http://www.portagegroup.com/our-team/) has been a leader in executive recruitment for Canada’s association sector since 1996. Before that, he was President and CEO of the Canadian Society of Association Executives for ten years. As I usually do, I asked Jack to work … Read more

On Being an Interim Executive Director

I had the good fortune to interview Susan Detwiler, a delightful woman who has been successful as the Interim Executive Director of three very different US nonprofits, after five years as a full-time executive director. She’s run a religious school, a bird rescue group and an arts education group, and she’s sharing with us her … Read more

Catalyze your HR practices – Part 2

In part 1, I talked about how every human resource management policy and practice could be re-thought using Catalytic Thinking as the basis:  How could our ______________________ policy and practices bring out the best in everyone? Just after I finished writing it, someone on a Linked In group said employees couldn’t be trusted with such … Read more

Catalyze your HR practices – Part 1

To achieve the highest potential results for your community, your organization needs to be working at its highest potential. For that to happen, everyone involved needs to be working at their highest potential. What if you applied that thinking to your human resources policies and practices? For each aspect of your human resources and volunteer … Read more

Should my organization hire a Super-Temp? Jason Peetsma talks with Jane Garthson

I asked Jason Peetsma, Managing Director at Odgers Berndtson – Executive Interim Division, how boards of nonprofits could best use interim executives during executive transitions or leaves of a senior staff person. Jason turned out to be an amazing storyteller, able to inform any organization facing an executive gap about another group who faced a … Read more