Book Review: The Pollyanna Principles – Reinventing “Nonprofit Organizations” to Create the Future of Our World

Organizations,  especially not-for-profits,  face many daunting challenges today. With valiant missions and goals to impact a social issue or cause, they aspire to make a difference in the world. Yet competition to win funding, donors, and sometimes even clients/program users, pulls attention away from the true organizational focus and onto more mundane activities such as fundraising and budget scrutiny. These are the hard realities of life in the NFP world. According to Hildy Gottlieb,
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Stepping back or stepping off a cliff? When stories need to be reframed

One of my favourite quotes is from one of the best storytellers of our time, Barack Obama. He once said: “I had to know and understand my own story before I could listen and help others with theirs.” So often,  we run into organizations that are struggling to understand their story. Especially when it comes to advocacy, they have an idea of what they want to happen but not why. Sure,  usually
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Leadership & Ice Cream: An Inspired Social Innovation

Leadership: taking responsibility for the condition of the environment in which you find yourself, and doing something about it. Traditionally, the definition of leadership has aligned itself with a vertical business model supporting powerful people possessing ‘leadership’ traits that enabled them to reach the top of their organization. One leader with many followers. However, the shift in business from a vertical structure to more horizontal orientation has led to a broader playing field with greater opportunity
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Social Media? How Do I Know Which Network Works Best For My Organization?

Have you noticed that online social networking has changed since the first email was sent in 1971? You may not have been around yet in the early ‘70s,  but the picture tells it all. With its start in electronic mail,  social media has evolved. In more recent years,  it has transitioned from a means to simply recount what one had for dinner (although some people
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The New World of Business

You never know where Twitter will take you. One day last week,  scrolling through the Twitter feed,  an event in Orillia,  Ontario jumped off the page. Don Tapscott,  @dtapscott, was speaking at the Orillia Opera House! As a resident of Beaverton,  a small town north of Toronto,  this was a tremendous find; being able to attend a first-class presentation without having to navigate through Toronto traffic. #4 Influential Management Thinker Alive
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Beware: Reputation Takes on a Whole New Meaning

When you were growing up,  did your mother ever tell you that you should behave yourself no matter where you go,  for you just never know when your reputation will catch up to you? That sage advice is even more important today,  personally,  professionally and organizationally. Online and offline. Your brand and reputation can be made or marred anywhere in the world,  and shared through
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Reputation Economy Thrives on Corporate Soul

  There are truly great organizations making good happen while earning a solid ROI. They employ bright people.  Their products or services are respected. Their brand has prominence. They have SOUL. So,  what exactly does that mean? Corporate Soul is revealed in the actions and interactions of the business and people perspectives of any organization, and is the cornerstone of the Reputation Economy. We say it is the summation of the parts:
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B Corp? Does that have anything to do with Corporate Soul?

I was at the York Technology Alliance (YTA is now TechConnex. They are an amplifi client.) annual general meeting recently and got to hear firsthand about how one GTA tech company is following their corporate soul. Jason Cottrell,  Founder and Director of Myplanet Digital,  was the luncheon keynote speaker. Theirs is an inspiring story of growth and achievement. Jason shared his aspiration of establishing and growing a successful business while
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Tying Social Media to your Strategic Plan

Tim recently wrote an article for CSAE about tying social media to your strategic plan. You can view the full article and more resources for associations at on the CSAE website. When looking at social media and strategic planning it may not seem like they belong together. Social media is immediate and fast moving — a way to instantly communicate and converse with an audience. A strategic plan is executed over a period
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Book Review – Mission, Inc

Mission,  Inc. the practitioner’s guide to social enterprise By Kevin Lynch and Julius Walls,  Jr. http://www.amazon.com/Mission-Inc-Practitioners-Enterprise-Venture/dp/   Businesses are becoming increasingly aware that working to improve the social good is no longer an option. Customers,  clients and communities want to support organizations that are sustainable,  environmentally aware,  and contributing to the betterment of people: organizations that are connected to their corporate soul. Yet working for the common good in an effort to make the world
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