Colleagues & Conversations
Peer Support | Leadership Development | Impact | Begins January 2013 | $120m/$150s
Join us for a new professionally facilitated series, Colleagues&Conversations™, dedicated to problem solving and idea sharing among nonprofit peers.
Colleagues&Conversations™ covers a track of four related topics and prepares each participant with a unique primer to ensure productive outcomes. Each of the four sessions is presented by a consultant on the topic who leads you and your fellow colleagues through essential conversations about the critical leadership topics. Colleagues&Conversations™ is offered in partnership with Third Sector Innovations and CausePlanet.
- Designed for busy professionals.
- Requires minimal preparation time.
- Cultivates robust discussion on vital topics for today’s nonprofit leaders (scroll down for topics).
Why join us for Colleagues&Conversations™?
- Build camaraderie within a small network of colleagues, where confidential conversation and problem solving address the ongoing challenges of leading an organization of excellence.
- Receive four Page to Practice™ book summaries and consultant-led training, ensuring provocative and productive discussions.
- Gain cumulative knowledge and insight into the challenging topics of 21st century leadership.
- Work through case studies using best practice techniques.
“Our small group has provided me with a wonderful opportunity to advance my professional development as a fundraiser in a safe, supportive and collegial environment. The diverse background and experiences of other group members provide a multitude of perspectives on every issue, as well as compassion and genuine concern for helping to effectively problem solve. I am grateful for the opportunity to have such a responsive sounding board in these talented and thoughtful peers.” – Gretchen Aston-Puckett, KVNF Radio, Paonia
FORMAT & SERIES CONTENT
The format of these sessions is to discuss the strategy/approach presented in the reading, then engage in a facilitated and thought-provoking conversation among colleagues so everyone benefits from shared experiences and individualized problem solving.
Session 1: Reality Bites: Taking a Hard Look at Fundraising and Earned Income Programs
Come and explore these questions:
- Find out why your nonprofit strategies for sustainability must encompass both financial and programmatic elements.
- Learn how to map your business model and identify profitability and relative impact.
- Make sound choices to adjust your business model and optimize your outcomes.
- Examine your mix of fundraising and/or earned income sources as they relate to organizational strengths.
Featuring Page to Practice™ book summary: Nonprofit Sustainability: Making Strategic Decisions for Financial Viability
Session 2: Play It Again Sam: Be a Grantee Worth Refunding by Tackling Evaluation and Talking Results
- Find out how to develop an evaluation plan and use the lessons learned to strengthen your organization and make a stronger case for continued support.
- Demystify evaluation and learn why evaluation at its best is about learning rather than judging, and improving rather than proving.
- Discover a new framework for thinking about evaluation and tools for measuring and sharing results in ways that are practical, efficient, and meaningful.
- Learn from veteran authors about how to break down the evaluation process into five easy steps and how to integrate evaluation into your ongoing work.
Featuring Page to Practice™ book summary: Level Best: How Small and Grassroots Nonprofits Can Tackle Evaluation and Talk Results
Session 3: You Can Run But You Can’t Hide: Revealing Hidden Truths That Impact Performance
- Learn from Mosley and Irvine’s success with creating recognition programs for some of the world’s most respected organizations.
- Find out why engaged employees are today’s competitive advantage.
- Understand the imperative in creating a culture of appreciation, recognition and reward.
- Use the authors’ tried and true methods for implementing practical recognition strategies within your organization.
Featuring Page to Practice™ book summary: Winning with a Culture of Recognition
Session 4: Does Strategic Planning Give You Brain Freeze? Warm Up Your Real-Time Planning for a Rapid-Response World
- Find out why traditional nonprofit strategic plans are flawed.
- Learn the difference between following a specific process (the traditional strategic planning approach) and becoming a more powerful strategic thinker.
- Discover why nonprofit strategy begins with organizational strategy – your mission, your vision and market position.
- Learn how to develop a Strategy Screen to determine whether or not a particular strategy is consistent with your organization’s identity.
Featuring Page to Practice™ book summary: The Nonprofit Strategy Revolution: Real-Time Strategic Planning in a Rapid-Response World
Wednesday, January 9; 10-11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, February 6; 10-11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, March 6; 10-11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, April 10; 10-11:30 a.m.
Fee includes four facilitated sessions, and four Page to Practice™ book summaries.
$120 members / $150 standard
Please click here to register.