Good leaders don’t drop their aitchs

By Chris Gandy When I reflect on my primary school days I can vividly recall teachers constantly regaling the class to not drop our aitchs. Seems we were running about the place saying things like “elp” instead of “help”; wondering how we could get to “eaven” and not  “heaven”;  and asking “arry” instead of “harry” […]

If only we were here, instead of there

“Don’t go in and hide; don’t come out and shine; stand stock-still in the middle.” ― Zhuangzi, The Complete Works of Chuang Tzu Here is how a common mistake occurs. When an undesirable development occurs or a difficult situation arises, we often think,  “Oh, I have got such rotten luck, why is this happening?’ We […]

Are you offering staggered work hours yet?

By Nina Sochon: For most of the 20th century, people went to offices in cars the way parts were carried along a conveyor belt – predictably, almost uniformly. Then in the 1970s a cheeky Astronaut – Jack Nilles – proposed that working from home could revolutionise productivity and reduce strain on infrastructure – an apparent […]

Skip the Mission and go straight to the Vision

By Chris Gandy Perhaps I am being alarmist, but I am genuinely concerned that the NFP sector is failing to develop and attract the calibre of leaders needed to meet the demands our society is placing on it. Not that great people aren’t out there, they are. It is just that as a sector we […]

Recruit a CEO for Tomorrow, Not Today

By Chris Gandy We Not for Profit Board Members are typically very diligent when it comes to recruiting a new CEO. After all, we are very busy people and the last thing a Chair or fellow Board members want is to be dragged in to steer a leaderless ship. So what usually happens? We urgent review today’s […]

Comparisons – A bit of this, and less of that

By Heather McCauley  “The ideas are louder when there are fewer of them.” David C. Day  We have been talking about getting off track, finding ourselves where we did not expect to be, getting back on the road and assuming that after having done all this extra work, we can make up some lost time. […]

NFP Leaders Better Get Used To Wearing Some New Hats

By Chris Gandy One of the most common questions we are asked by Not for Profit Boards who find themselves in a position of suddenly having to search for a new Chief Executive is: “What should we look for in a new CEO?” To be honest such questions fill us with joy as they demonstrate […]

Recruitment …. an arranged marriage?

By Joe Moore: For most of us work is more than selling our labour for money. We also expect to find motivation and satisfaction. We’d prefer work to be fulfilling – rather than “just a job”. We talk about finding meaning at work, learning and developing at work, finding dignity, respect and opportunities to grow […]

Sensitive Leadership

By Ian Sampson : A colleague recently described me as a new age type of leader… sensitive, caring, wanting to serve others. Does that make me a sensitive leader? Yes, and No. Good leaders use their sense, their sensitivity and their senses in being leaders in the moment. There is some debate whether the old […]

Cultivating Real Superheros

By Chris Gandy : When you have been in the not-for-profit sector as long as I have, it is hard not to notice certain characteristics about the people who are attracted to and work for cause-based organisations.  Typically, those joining not-for-profits at any age commence with abounding zeal and verve.They are there to save the world in […]