Now Listen Here

By Sara Harrup When someone starts talking about listening skills we usually start to groan. Yeah I know all about listening, we say. I’ve been to a million courses and heard a million people talk about communication and listening. There isn’t anything more I can learn. I mean, it’s a basic skill. And therein lies […]

Why Good People Are Attracted to Not For Profits

By Chris Gandy Far too often I hear not for profit Boards and CEOs lament that they can’t recruit outstanding people because they can’t offer a competitive salary package. I reality I find this is seldom case. To get a true handle on why excellent people are attracted to an organisation lets look at why these […]

Recruiting Is So Much More Than Finding The Next Seat Warmer

By Chris Gandy I fully appreciate that the departure of a member of a not for profit’s leadership group can be highly disruptive. It can herald a period of uncertainty and is a definite inconvenience for those who are asked to cover for bits and pieces that have been left hanging by the recently departed. […]

Five Lessons From The Coalface

From Sara Harrup Throughout our careers we learn many lessons, from our experiences, from formal teaching and mentoring and from our leaders. Often we lament the scarcity of really good leaders but we can learn as much from those who aren’t as good at the top as we can from those who are. As I […]

The Same But So Different

By Chris Gandy Working with Cause and Effective is like shifting through a box of assorted buttons. The organisations we deal with have one thing in common – are all cause-based. But there the similarity ends. They have different missions, sets of stakeholders, are different sizes and are located in diverse locations across this continent of ours. […]

Give Your New CEO An Even Chance By Reducing Wake Turbulence

By Chris Gandy This is the third in our series of posts each dedicated to one of the opportunities (we call them Janus Factors) that present themselves to cause-based organisations during the executive transition period between the announcement of a Chief Executive’s departure and the on-boarding of a replacement. Last Monday I  caught an early morning flight from […]

Executive Transition – A Perfect Time For Reflection

By Chris Gandy This is the second in our series of posts each dedicated to one of the opportunities (we call them Janus Factors) that present themselves to cause-based organisations during the executive transition period between the announcement of a Chief Executive’s departure and the on-boarding of a replacement. Reflection “I just haven’t got time to […]

Janus Factor # 1 – Taking stock

By Chris Gandy This is the first in our series of posts each dedicated to one of the opportunities (we call them Janus Factors) that present themselves to cause-based organisations during the executive transition period between the announcement of a Chief Executive’s departure and the on-boarding of a replacement. Taking Stock Over the past week or so […]

The Janus Factors – The bountiful opportunities arising from Executive Transition

By Chris Gandy Executive transition is all about endings, changes and beginnings of various types. Transition represents a time of disruption and hope, one of reflection and renewal. But as Tom Adams, a specialist in executive transitions in the not for profit sector insists, “if managed intentionally and proactively, transitions can serve as pivotal moments, […]

Seizing opportunity from the jaws of crisis

By Chris Gandy Even in the best of circumstances the departure of a Chief Executive from a cause-based organisation can be highly disruptive. Staff are unsettled. Programs may be placed at risk. Indecision and uncertainty often reign. Clients get twitchy not to mention funding bodies. Also, if we are absolutely honest with ourselves more the one volunteer […]