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eNews from Lead Centre for Not for Profit Leadership: September/October 2019

Wednesday, August 28, 2019   Posted in: Newsletters By: Administrator With tags: newsletter, maori, Training, Community Groups, non-profit

Organisation Collaboration: It doesn't just happen

We all know the world is too complicated to go it alone, but if collaboration is so beneficial then why aren’t we all doing it? Over the last few years LEAD has been providing training on how to collaborate as well as facilitating groups who have stepped up to work together and want to do it well. The result of this has been the gathering of a wealth of information as to what works, and what gets in the way of organisations successfully working together.

The groups we work with in the collaboration space agree - working with others, both within the sector and across sectors, is how we address the complex issues facing our communities.

Collaboration enables us all to serve with breadth and depth, strengthening all of our capacities and abilities to make a difference. What we do know is, that while there is no doubt resource sharing creates efficiencies, it is the greater effectiveness and impact that create the real benefits to communities. Research estimates only 30% of organisations are motivated to participate in partnerships because of resource scarcity.[1] Certainly with the groups we work with, it is the added value that collaboration brings that dominates conversations, over resource sharing.

Collaboration comes in many forms distinguished by the reason for the collaboration, and the intensity of the relationship. Most, if not all, organisations participate in informal and loose collaborations. The networks we belong to, the alliances we form, and the open community events we participate in, are all collaborations where expertise, information and support are shared for mutual benefit. Efficiencies, effectiveness and impact are increased however, when collaborators begin to work together to deliver complementary or shared programmes, and share leadership and resources.  These more formal types of collaborations are not for the faint hearted though, and come with risks to organisation autonomy, culture, and practice.

Continue reading this article from Sandy Thompson.

Team Leaders: The critical link between people and performance

An ADP Research Institute 2018 global study of workforce engagement has highlighted the importance of the employee experience, not in the organisation as a whole but in their team on an everyday basis. Research has found that when it comes to engagement, the most important experience of work is the experience of team.  Engagement is an important piece of the puzzle when it comes to successful organisations because all the studies show that it drives the things that matter most - client or customer satisfaction, productivity and turnover.

Our experience working in over 200 organisations from the business and not for profit sectors is that the team leader is the critical link between people and performance. 

Team leaders have by far the biggest influence on the unique, local experience of employees within teams. People don’t leave organisations, they leave teams or managers.

The good news for team leaders is that what people care most about at work is actually within your control. You might not be able to do much about the organisation’s parental leave policy or decision to change their service approach but you can build a team environment where people feel valued, have positive connections with others and get a chance to do what they do best every day.

Continue reading this article by Aly McNicoll.

Register for the "Managers as Coaches" workshop across the country.

Partnering with Māori: How to practically apply Te Tiriti in your Leadership and Work

Hilary Star Foged has worked with leaders and managers from community based organisations for the past ten years, exploring with them both the significance and history of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and how to apply its intention in their organisations.

This was part of her teaching role on the Graduate Diploma in Not for Profit Management & Leadership, and Master of Applied Practice, with Unitec staff, and staff teams of other not for profit organisations.  Since leaving Unitec this work has become more of a primary focus for Hilary, to support and assist groups to enquire, explore and learn how to build relationship and accountability in partnership with Māori, in Aotearoa today. Hilary comments:

"I have been so fortunate to be exposed from my mid-twenties to learning deep lessons about my own privilege and power just because I was born Pakeha, and how that makes it possible for us to be blind to the inequity and racism we still tolerate and allow in our country.
More and more I am understanding that we need to address decolonisation of our governance and laws, our education, our health system, and most of all ourselves, to create a true partnership with Māori.  Because I have experienced a taste of this when working within Womens’ Refuge years ago, and more recently working with Māori Health Workers deeply committed to their own understanding of what is needed for Māori, I know there is much for Pakeha to learn and to change for that partnership to be possible.
In working with community based organisations in their endeavour to explore how they can contribute to and engage more with Māori I am experiencing a greater openness to understand and learn, to be open to change and to grow. As we are willing to sometimes feel out of our depth, to be confused, to accept things beyond what we understand, and to fully engage in the process of learning and building new understanding of what is needed for Māori and non- Māori to be in partnership, so the process of change in our country is able to work from the ground up."

Hilary will be joining with others this October in Auckland, to inquire: "How can we practically apply Te Tiriti in our Leadership and work?" Join Hilary in this learning process if this is a question you're keen to answer!

Here's what previous participants have had to say about it:

"I have been involved in other Treaty workshops years ago and I came away feeling so loaded with guilt and a feeling of helplessness that I felt I never really moved on from there. This workshop has really enabled me to look far more deeply at the possibilities and actual practical application of the Treaty for us as a community based organisation in building partnership with Māori."
"Hilary left such a positive mark on us all... and there was not one person [from my team] who felt threatened, chastised or inadequate (which can so easily happen with such a topic) following her workshop - that counts for a lot!"

Register for this Partnering with Māori workshop in Auckland.

Stories are BIG news...

"At the center of marketing and fundraising efforts will be storytelling—much as it is already is across marketing in the for-profit sector. It’s something that nonprofits are increasingly beginning to understand and incorporate, but expect to see storytelling play a much more central role across how non-profits are building awareness and engaging and influencing donors and stakeholders through marketing. 2019 will also see storytelling being more holistically incorporated across marketing efforts, from brand management, to social media and email marketing, to website design and annual reports." - David Blyer (CEO of Arreva) - 40 Nonprofit trends for 2019, Nonprofit PRO

story_Pool for Leaders and Managers

In every story lies an opportunity to enrich our insights, our connectedness and our leadership...

Passionate Aussie story expert Moya Sayer-Jones is back in NZ in September. She’s running a series of one day workshops to introduce her new program, story_Pool for Leaders and Managers.

Moya designed this process specifically for leaders (and will-be leaders) to radically improve their confidence, skills and understanding of story as a leadership practice: and build a more reflective approach to communicating with others. Participants leave the workshop ready  to hold their own regular story-Pool sessions ongoing, in their teams of three. And this is where the skill building really takes off. Every story_Pool session is a learning and connecting opportunity. It’s a dedicated space for leaders to share the stories they are making and hearing. The story_Pool method focuses attention on what the story tells us about ourselves, our values, our struggles and our strengths. It builds the knowledge we need to use story every day as one of our a key leadership tools.

  • Auckland: Monday 16th September;
  • Wellington: Wednesday 18th September; and
  • Christchurch: Friday 20th September.

Find out more about this story_Pool workshop for Leaders and Managers, including how to register.

Strengthening through Stories

Join the LEAD team at the Community Waikato Conference 2019.

How to replace your Strategic Plans with Strategic Stories with Garth Nowland-Foreman

Many big corporates long ago abandoned traditional company-wide strategic plans and have started using more creative techniques to better effect. This is an even better approach for your average community organisation. Uncovering and carefully using the right strategic stories can be more effective than your usual strategic plan (and much more fun). This interactive session will introduce the basic ideas behind this approach and give you the opportunity to try out what both the content of strategic stories could look like, and in what ways you could best put them to use in your organisation.

A handful of ways to facilitate Authentic Storytelling with Ruth Osborne

Social media is a very powerful platform for telling our stories.  But it also puts huge pressure on many of us (and our organisations), to present an ‘awesome’ self to the world.  It seems that to tell a good and persuasive story, we must be exceptional or sensational otherwise people won’t be interested and no one will listen.  Worse, they might shame us.  We certainly cannot show who we really are or put our true selves out there. We - or our organisation - land up wearing masks, which serve to disengage others from us. Together we’ll look at how authenticity is a powerful antidote to this.

Managing and Leading Community Organisations

Join these three days of sector-specific training and optional coaching and mentoring in Christchurch (11th to 13th November 2019).

This programme sold out in Wellington and Auckland so don't miss out in Christchurch!

Leading in a community organisation can be complex! This Development Programme grows your skills, knowledge and confidence to manage the people, money, projects, and stakeholders, whilst still driving results. So, no more second-guessing yourself!

You'll have two plans by the end of 3 days of highly interactive leaning - one for your own leadership development, and one for building the capacity of your organisation.

Choose your level of learning: $750 plus GST for the three-day workshop only or $1750 plus GST for the 3 day workshop as well as 6 months of coaching and mentoring.

Get more information on the Managing and Leading Community Organisations workshop, including how to register.

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