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Marla Cornelius
December 9, 2014

What does it take to thrive as a board chair? In this post, CompassPoint governance consultant Marla Cornelius shares key takeaways from one of our newest programs, Thriving as a Board Chair. This cohort based learning experience for board chairs blends CompassPoint’s governance content, expert facilitation, and peer learning. Do her reflections resonate with your board experience?
 

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Marissa Tirona
December 2, 2014

In this her final blog for CompassPoint as a staff member, Senior Project Director Marissa Tirona shares her leadership learnings from her seven-year tenure. We wish Marissa all the best in her new role as Director of Blue Shield Against Violence and, while we sadly say farewell to her, we move forward assured and thankful that our paths will continue to cross and intertwine in our work for greater social justice. 
 

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November 17, 2014

From time to time, we use this space to shed light on the people who make up our practice. With the holiday season kicking off, we’re taking a moment to recognize the importance of gratitude and saying thanks.
 

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SarahGort
November 6, 2014

Office moves are an inevitable fact of nonprofit life. In this blog, CompassPoint Director of Operations Sarah Gort shares lessons and resources on how she organized and led a thorough, creative, and enjoyable (yes, enjoyable!) organizational move that meshed with our culture and goals – and was a resounding success.
 

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Nelson Layag
October 28, 2014

With humor as one of our guiding principles, CompassPoint has a long history of poking fun at ourselves and the nonprofit sector to skewer some “sacred cows” and celebrate the experiences that bring our field together. Our cartoon series, Planet 501c3, was created by Miriam Engleberg, ran from 1999-2005 and made fun of everything from fundraising to never-ending meetings and beyond. This Halloween, we’re having a chuckle with a topic that’s usually too hallowed to joke about—strategic plans!
 

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Lupe Poblano
October 20, 2014

In the third blog in this three-part series, Project Director Lupe Poblano discusses the role of leaders in teams, and how shared leadership can help teams thrive. In Part 2 he explored team decision making, specifically, when and how teams should be used for decision making. In Part 1, he explored common definitions for teams and outlined the circumstances that help them function at their highest level.
 

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Shannon Ellis
October 15, 2014

In this thought piece, strategy and sustainability consultant and trainer Shannon Ellis writes about the power of a well-crafted problem statement in helping an organization strategically respond to the question “How are we currently thinking about the problem we are working to address?” It’s a useful filter and often a first step in CompassPoint’s work with organizations to develop a decision-making framework to strategically guide their actions going forward. 
 

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Lupe Poblano
September 26, 2014

In Part 2 of this three-part series on effective teams, Project Director Lupe Poblano explores team decision making, specifically, when and how teams should be used for decision making. In Part 1, he explored common definitions for teams and outlined the circumstances that help them function at their highest level.
 

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Lupe Poblano
September 7, 2014

At CompassPoint, we know that understanding how to work in a team is an indispensable part of leading with others. Working collaboratively helps organizations learn together, unearths new ideas, and can bring unheard voices to the table. Project Director Lupe Poblano explores teams in this new blog series. In Part 1, he explores common definitions for teams and outlines the circumstances that help them function at their highest level.
 

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Alicia Santamaria
September 2, 2014

We believe that operating with clarity, consistency, and intention is key to sound organizational communication. In this guest blog, organizational consultant Alicia Santamaria shares her thoughts on the value of team agreements as a means toward building an organizational approach that is intentional and that sets clear expectations of how people can work together constructively when conflicts arise. 
 

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