Friday Link Round-Up: Leading Innovation

by Michele Martin on May 18, 2018

In previous Round-Ups, we’ve shared posts on innovation in organizations. This week we’re focusing on leading innovation.

Rethinking Six Management Mantras for Better Innovation–A good starting point for encouraging innovation in your CIL.

Four Cardinal Points of Leading Innovation Culture–Leading innovation involves working with contradictions. To keep your organization centered while working creative tensions, return to these 4 cardinal points.

The 5 Skills That Innovative Leaders Have in Common–To lead innovation, cultivate these skills.

8 Rules of Innovative Leadership–How to mine your team’s “collective genius”—to enable and encourage innovation and breakthrough work.

7 Ways Leaders Can Foster Innovation–Leadership practices that can help foster a culture of innovation.


Friday Link Round-Up: Transparency

by Michele Martin on May 4, 2018

Increasingly, statistics point to one principle that correlates with happy, loyal staff: transparency in the workplace. This week we’re sharing resources to help you increase transparency in your CIL.

Complexity Demands New Approaches to Work–Social sector organizations must consider whether their internal operating system is serving them, their clients, and their pursuit of social impact. Sharing financials and having open meetings are a few ways to do this.

We Spent WHAT on Paper Clips?–An introduction to the concept of “open book management” where all employees see and understand the organization’s financial situation so they can work together more effectively to solve issues and problems.

4 Common Mistakes with Open Book Management–Some pitfalls to avoid in implementing open book management strategies.

9 Ways to Promote Transparency in a Non-Transparent Work Culture–Some easy ways to get started with greater transparency.

5 Strategies for Building Transparency in the Workplace–Five strategies to pursue to build greater transparency, trust and loyalty.


Friday Link Round-Up: Engaging with Your Community

April 27, 2018

In this week’s post, we explore partnership building and community engagement. Community Toolbox–Tons of tools and resources for all aspects of community partnership-building. Making Community Partnerships Work: A Toolkit–Includes partnership-building advice and case studies. Civic Engagement and the Restoration of Community–We can create change and more authentic engagement by creating different conversations. This important read […]

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Friday Link Round-Up: Framing

April 20, 2018

How we frame issues–the metaphors we use to talk about them, the ways we set context around them–have profound influences on how and whether people will act. Any advocacy or communication work we do must be based in an understanding of how to create effective frames and use them to achieve our objectives. So this […]

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Friday Link Round-Up

April 13, 2018

The best CIL’s are learning all the time. In this week’s Round-Up, we look at how to use communities of practice. These are “groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly.” Introduction to Communities of Practice–An excellent introductory […]

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Friday Link Round-Up: Nonprofit Business Models

April 6, 2018

Every organization has to have a “business model”–a sustainable way to deliver value to customers. In this week’s post, we explore some links related to nonprofit business models and creating financial sustainability. Pay What It Takes Philanthropy–A new grantmaking approach is needed—one that provides enough money for nonprofits to pay for all their operations, not […]

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Friday Link Round-Up: Mentoring

March 30, 2018

Mentorship is a powerful professional development tool. In this week’s Round-Up, we share some links to help you re-think mentoring. 8 Types of Mentors: Which Ones Do You Need?–A good discussion of the types of mentors that can be useful on a personal “board of directors.” Co-Mentoring–Co-mentoring is an efficient, free way to get and […]

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Friday Link Round-Up: Effective Collaborations

March 23, 2018

As organizations are increasingly tasked to “do more with less” and to engage with other agencies in achieving their missions, building effective collaborative relationships is high on the list of priorities. This week’s links can help. Cutting Through the Complexity: A Roadmap for Collaboration–Collaborations and networks rarely achieve their ambitious goals. Here’s what it takes […]

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Friday Link Round-Up: Creating a Learning Culture

March 16, 2018

Continuous learning–both individually and as an organization–is the heart of innovation and adapting to change. In this week’s Round-Up, we share links to help you create a learning culture within your CIL. From a Training Culture to a Learning Culture–Key differences between a training culture and a learning culture with tips on how to make […]

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Friday Link Round-Up–Community Engagement

March 9, 2018

In this week’s Round-Up, we’re focusing on community engagement. Introduction to Community Engagement–Great info here, including a look at the difference between marketing and community engagement and using ideas such as “traveling board meetings” as a way to engage with other organizations. Using Human-Centered Design to Advance Civic Engagement–When organizations are already strained, Human-Centered Design […]

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