March 12, 2014

In this second of two blog posts on individual and organizational strategy, Shannon Ellis and Marissa Tirona share their thinking about the intersection between organizational strategy and power. In Part 1, “On Purpose: Aligning Individual Purpose and Organizational Direction,” CompassPoint Senior Project Director Michelle Gislason discussed the connections between personal purpose and organizational direction.

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Michelle Gislason
March 6, 2014

In this first of two blog posts on individual and organizational strategy, CompassPoint Senior Project Director Michelle Gislason connects the dots between how determining your personal purpose can contribute to your organizational direction. In Part 2, Shannon Ellis and Marissa Tirona will explore the intersection between organizational strategy and power and privilege.

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JR Yeager
February 24, 2014

In the blog “Interim EDs: Making a Good Thing Work for You,” I wrote about the purpose and value added by engaging an interim executive director (ED) while you and other members of the Board of Directors step back and take some time to assess your organization’s current needs and prepare yourselves and the staff for working with a new permanent ED. In this post, I share my best advice on the Board’s role in this temporary relationship, focusing on how to partner with your interim ED and what to expect.

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CJ Callen
February 19, 2014

I recently attended a talk on compassionate management with LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner and Wisdom 2.0 founder Seth Gordhamer. In the course of their conversation, Weiner made the case for compassionate management that focuses on the whole person, is grounded in empathic listening, and allows an employee to bring their “whole self” to their work. He also reminded us that it takes energy to work with people in a compassionate way. As a result, compassionate management has to be embraced by an entire company in order for it to succeed. He believes that compassionate companies are better positioned to thrive and so it is not only the right thing to do but also the smart thing to do.

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Marissa Tirona
February 4, 2014

A few years ago the Center for Creative Leadership, among others, began to examine whether the field of leadership development is still meeting the needs of leaders given the rapidly changing landscape in which they now lead.

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Amy Benson
January 22, 2014

A few months after I started working at CompassPoint, I had the opportunity to take the course How to Develop Your Professional Development Plan. We increased our self-awareness through reflecting on previous jobs, proudest accomplishments, and even favorite childhood pastimes, and each workshop participant was encouraged to craft a “purpose statement” to guide our professional development planning. 

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Peggy McGuire
January 15, 2014

This is a “white water” time in health care. The historic Affordable Care Act is opening access to health insurance to our country’s most vulnerable people (except the undocumented), yet it’s also straining our already overwhelmed public health system. For Bay Area cancer service providers like the Women’s Cancer Resource Center (WCRC), where I serve as executive director, the layoffs and program closures resulting from the “Great Recession” and the exit of the American Cancer Society from direct service have brought additional, formidable gaps in fragile safety net services.

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Michelle Gislason
January 8, 2014

I’m not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions. They feel like a bit of a set up. However, several years ago my partner and I each resolved to fail spectacularly in at least one thing each year. 

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January 6, 2014

In addition to the 200 workshops CompassPoint delivers annually, you can also bring us in-house for trainings specifically for your staff – from a one-day Supervision workshop for your managers to a series on creating a culture of shared leadership within your organization. Here’s how we used in-house training to improve how the Center for Youth Wellness communicates its financial data:

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Vivian Lee
October 16, 2013

I am very honored to work for Little Tokyo Service Center, a multi-purpose social service agency in downtown Los Angeles. My colleagues and I are like one big family and we are very supportive of one another. Hearing about office politics from my friends at other agencies, I feel I could not ask for a better place to work.

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