Fall 2015 Programs
What management, leadership, and strategy programs do we have in store for you this fall? Strengthen your organization and become the leader you want to be.
Is Your Board as Inclusive as It Should Be?
More than ever, nonprofits are making an effort to be intentional about board diversity and creating inclusive practices, yet diversity data around race, ethnicity, and age continue to be flat-out appalling (see the recent report Leading with Intent for more on this). CompassPoint governance consultant and trainer Marla Cornelius analyzes this disconnect between intention and results and proposes some radical steps boards can take to close the gap. Read the blog here.
Attend these governance workshops and get your board set up for success:
- Evaluating the CEO: A Process to Benefit the CEO, the Board, and the Staff (November 16, 2015)
- Recruit the Board Your Organization Needs (January 22, 2016)
- Building Successful Boards Part 1: Governance, Roles and Responsibilities and Powerful Partnerships (February 22, 2016)
- Building Successful Boards Part 2 (November 13, 2015 and April 26, 2016)
Get Grounded in Strengths-based Leadership
Our recent report Working from Strengths to End Domestic Violence, though focused on the domestic violence field, is an excellent primer for any nonprofit on the basics of the strengths framework and how organizations have successfully integrated it into their leadership. The report includes a very extensive multi-page selection of resources. Access the report and resources here.
If you’re ready to explore a strengths-based leadership approach within your organization, attend the workshop, Using Strengths for Personal, Staff, and Team Development. Participants will explore how managers can use strengths-based supervision to motivate staff, increase productivity, and strengthen interpersonal relationships. Register here.
Blog: “Five Ways You Can Transform Your Organizational Hiring”
Does your organizational hiring process always bring forth the right pool of candidates for your jobs? We found our results were sometimes spotty, so we reviewed our process, experimented, and transformed it for the better. Our blog this week shares five shifts CompassPoint made to hone our hiring outreach, communications, and internal processes to ensure we're reaching the right people with the right information. We also include some article recommendations to further your thinking on what might work for your organization. Read the blog here.
Self-Care Tips and Advice from Social Workers
We've updated our "12 Resources for Your Self-Care Starter Kit" post with a new resource: a list put together by the School of Social Work at Simmons College featuring tips and advice from clinical social workers, psychologists, and other professionals. For social change makers working in these kinds of professions, finding ways to cope with stress, vicarious trauma, and burnout can be especially challenging. Even if you're not a social worker or psychologist, you're bound to find some words of wisdom to connect with. Find out what these leaders had to say about cultivating self-care on and off the clock here. You can also revisit our list of self-care resources here, and leave your own advice in the comments.
Support CompassPoint's Work in the Community
We're lucky to partner with remarkable leaders who are working to become the change their communities need the most. Leaders like Nicholas Hatten, who took his grief after AIDS devastated his circle of friends and transformed it to create the San Joaquin Pride Center; Cecilia Moreno, who says her favorite thing about her work at Dolores Street Community Services is "seeing people's faces change from despair to having hope"; and NaTisha Hutson who says what inspires her work in restorative justice is the responsibility to "lift as I climb." Read more about these leaders in our annual report.
With your help, we can support many more stories like these. As you make end-of-year gifts, please consider a contribution to CompassPoint so that we can continue to walk with leaders as they answer the call to be the change their communities need. Donate now.