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Lupe Poblano
May 20, 2015

At CompassPoint, we work with individual leaders and organizations to make the most of change. While change can bring about uncertainty and tension, it's also an opportunity to build resiliency and strength across systems. In this blog post, Lupe Poblano surfaces what's at the crux of many difficult transitions: making room for multiple perspectives and individual interests while keeping the needs of the entire organization front and center.
 

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Grant Faulkner
May 4, 2015

As the leader of a creative organization, many expect Grant Faulkner, executive director of National Novel Writing Month and our guest blogger this week, to be a natural when it comes to conjuring a magical workplace. How is he doing? Read on to learn some ideas from Grant and the NaNoWriMo team that you can use to lighten up your workplace—and suggest some ideas of your own. Making the world a better place is hard work—shouldn’t we make the trip as fun as possible?
 

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Marla Cornelius
April 22, 2015

The job of board members is very complex, and by nature, intensely collaborative. Making the most of board meetings isn’t just a good habit to aspire to, it’s essential to good governance, strong leadership, and healthy organizations. In this blog, CompassPoint Senior Project Director Marla Cornelius shares eight actionable tips to unlock the potential of board members so they can make the most of their time together.
 

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March 17, 2015

In our blog this week, Jennifer Chen Speckman, Director of Westside Domestic Violence Network (WDVN)  and current participant of the Strong Field Project Leadership Development Program, urges readers to break the binds of the "single stories" that can often dominate, define, and stifle movements. Only when full stories are told can true understanding, engagement, and solutions emerge. Do you agree?

 

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Zach Hochstadt
February 21, 2015

We’re happy to share with you Zach Hochstadt's post on organizational messaging which originally appeared in Mission Minded’s blog. We’re going to make available more of Mission Minded’s great thinking on branding and messaging for nonprofits in upcoming CompassPoints of View blog posts. Keep an eye out!
 

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Marla Cornelius
February 20, 2015

BoardSource recently released Leading with Intent, their 2014 index of nonprofit board practices (download for free from their website). In this post, CompassPoint governance consultant and trainer Marla Cornelius looks at the report’s findings in the area of inclusion, a critical component of board culture, and what might be behind a concerning disconnect revealed in the data. She encourages executives and board leaders to read the full report and bring the information that they find most useful to an upcoming board meeting.
 

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Emilry Cohen Raskin
February 13, 2015

Emily Cohen Raskin is the executive director of O2 Initiatives, where she directs the O2 Sabbatical Award program. In addition to her role with O2 Initiatives, she also serves as Senior Associate at Hirsch & Associates, an advisory firm that works with families, foundations, and corporations to maximize the impact of their philanthropy. 
 

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February 10, 2015

At CompassPoint, we believe in creating a culture where feedback is shared every day, and that means sharing appreciations (not just developmental feedback) early and often. This week, we're helping you do that by sharing these Valentines with messages for the friends and colleagues in your life commited to moving social change forward. 
 

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January 28, 2015

Last month, the Akonadi Foundation launched the Arc Toward Justice Leadership and Solidarity Program. CompassPoint is excited to facilitate a cohort of twenty dynamic leaders working toward a racially just society for youth of color in Oakland. Over the next year, this group of leaders will explore leadership frameworks, learn about strength-based leadership, dive into coaching, and engage with themes of self-care and sustainability. 
 

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KadSmith
January 26, 2015

Kad Smith’s participation in the CompassPoint workshop Communicating Across Differences: Why Culture, Power, and Privilege Matter prompted him to reflect on power and privilege and how sightlines on these issues can shift depending on the lens you place on your personal experience. In the spirit of thoughtful and thought-provoking discourse, we’re pleased to share below Kad’s first-person account excerpted from his blog (read the full-length piece on his blog here). Kad joined CompassPoint's staff in summer 2015. 
 

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