Questions can be far more important than the answer.

By Chris Gandy Having sat through many many board meetings in cause-based organisations I am convinced that very few board members appreciate the immense power they have to create lasting change by simply asking some seemingly innocuous questions. Recognition of the power of questions goes way back. Socrates taught by asking questions. Einstein once said: “If I had an […]

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 […]

Is growth really something to be worshipped by a not-for-profit?

By Tom Collins  For over 30 years I have observed the Australian not-for-profit sector from both the perspective of a senior leader in a variety of organisations and, more lately, as a consumer of services. Over this times I have seen a number of changes in various parts of the sector but one constant that has intrigued […]

Does your Cause receive the respect it deserves?

If you are an employee, board member, volunteer or supporter of a cause-based organisation, stop and think for a moment  about whether the Cause is receiving the reverence it deserves. The Cause is why your organisation exists. It is why you and your colleagues joined and support the organisation. The reason the organisation receives tax […]

Is survival a new measure of success?

I have had a great few months swanning around the country side catching up with old acquaintances and making new ones over countless cups of coffee and the occasional tea. All of the people I met had one thing in common – they were all Leaders (Senior Executives or Board Members) of cause-based organisations, small,medium and […]

What mindsets make for good directorships?

As an executive and non-executive director who has experienced both functional and disrupted Boards across a range of industries and types of organisations, I paused at the end of 2012 as I do each year, to reflect on my level of performance and to plan for 2013. The review process was dominated by highlights. I am a […]

Do you have your three ducks in a row?

When I was a young management trainee in the Steel industry I can vividly recall a crusty senior manager constantly asking “Do you have your three ducks in a row?” Whenever he was checking on the status of a project. You see he had this theory that any project, endeavour or business has three primary elements […]