Rank #1: Organisational Culture
Rank #2: Winding up a Not For Profit
I was surprised when I was reading the Australian Institute of Company Directors report recently, it was a report on Not For Profit Governance and Performance in 2015. The report was saying that one of the factors was that 8% of all boards in the non-profit sector have discussed winding up in the last year. I was surprised by that. I know there’s been a lot of discussion around mergers over recent years, but that number, 8% of boards having discussed winding up in the last year, is surprising to me. And the interesting thing too, is if you look at the size of the organisations, it said it was more likely in smaller organisations. And a lot of the discussion around mergers has been talking about smaller organisations and larger organisations and who was more likely to merge, so it’s a little bit surprising. So that’s what this podcast is about.
Rank #3: Seek the rewards of using your strengths at work
This episode refers to the benefits that I have received from using the Via Character Strengths test, and my belief that it is helpful for leaders to know how to use both their signature strengths and their middle and lesser strengths. The Via Institute on Character can be found at http://www.viacharacter.org/www/ The Character Strengths Test can be found at https://www.viacharacter.org/survey/account/register The Via Me! report that I mention in the podcast can be found at http://www.viacharacter.org/www/Resources-Courses-Reports/The-VIA-Me-Report I really encourage you to at least do the free test and get the short form report.
Rank #4: 7 Tips for keeping focused on what clients want
It's easy to get caught doing work that doesn't really add value to the clients that you are serving. So how do I keep focussed on what my clients want? I have 7 simple tips of what might keep me focused on doing the things that matter. The show notes for this podcast include a downloadable tip sheet.
Rank #5: Who gets to solve "wicked problems"?
It appears that some private corporations see a market opportunity in helping to address, and maybe even solve, wicked problems like homelessness and domestic violence. Is that ok? Does it matter? If it does what is to be done to create a different future?
Rank #6: Who do I bring to the workplace?
Do I create the right workplace environment to allow people to bring their creative and playful selves into the workplace? Or are many people, including myself, leaving useful parts of ourselves at the front door of the workplace along with our dirty work boots.
Rank #7: Why would a leader give away some of their power?
As leaders we all must work out the best ways of engaging people. there are new approaches coming up all the time. In this podcast I suggest that we need to act like startups and try lots of things, ditch what doesn't work, and keep doing what looks promising.
Rank #8: Confessions of a social activist!
My thoughts on why it is more important to change myself before I go charging off to change the world.
Rank #9: Standing Up for what is right
This is the speech that I gave as the opening of the ACOSS Conference in June 2014. This was only a few weeks after the horror first Budget of the Abbott Government. Many in the community sector were shocked at the attack on low income people and were afraid of the consequences for vulnerable people and themselves. An associated blog article is here. The ACOSS website is at www.acoss.org.au My blog is at francislynch.me