Friday Link Round Up: Reflection

by Michele Martin on August 18, 2017

It’s easy to get caught up in constant action and “to do” lists, but pausing for reflection is an important aspect of organizational effectiveness. This week we’re featuring some links that will help you up your reflection game.

After Action Review–A step-by-step guide for conducting a review following a major project or event.

Want to be an Outstanding Leader? Keep a Journal–Reflection starts with individual practice. What would happen if you instituted a CIL-wide journal practice?

Creating an Organizational Culture of Reflective Practice–Several ideas for building reflection into the culture of your CIL.

Reflective Practice in Team Meetings–Although designed for educational teams, these resources can be easily adapted for your CIL.

4+1 Questions–This focuses discussion on four main questions: What have you tried? What have you learned? What are you pleased about? What are you concerned about? The answers to these questions lead to the ‘plus 1′ question – based on what we know, what should we do next? Because the 4 plus 1 questions are answered by more than one person, it groups together learning from different perspectives.


Friday Link Round Up: Peer Learning Communities

by Michele Martin on August 11, 2017

One of the most powerful ways to grow skills and connections is through the development of Peer Learning Communities. These can happen within an organization, across CILS, or within a regional area with related agencies/organizations. Here are some links to get you started:

Communities of Practice: Learning as a Social System–An excellent introduction to the concepts behind peer learning communities and why they are effective.

Peer Learning Community Guide–A pretty comprehensive guide that takes you step-by-step through the process of starting and running a PLC.

The 5 Core C’s of a Bustling Peer Learning Community–Key principles for implementing an effective PLC.

Community of Practice Design Guide–Another step-by-step guide for desigining and cultivating communites of practice.

Best Practices in the Design and Development of Learning Communities–Research from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on how to form communities from multiple sites.


Friday Link Roundup: Professional Development

July 28, 2017

This week we’re sharing some professional development resources. Nonprofit Ready–Free online training for nonprofit professionals in key nonprofit occupational families, The Emerging Leaders’ Playbook–This playbook is designed for those emerging leaders who want to hone their leadership skills and have more meaningful impact on the issues and causes they care about. On-the-Job Development Opportunities for […]

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Friday Link Round Up: Succession Planning

July 21, 2017

Succession planning–developing current employees to fill key leadership positions in the organization–is an important strategy for any organization. Here are some links to help with the process. What HR Managers Need to Know About Succession Planning–Covers the basics, including benefits to both the organization and its employees. Succession Planning Toolkit–Includes step-by-step strategies for developing a […]

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Friday Link Round Up: Wellbeing

July 14, 2017

We are in the middle of summer, a time when the pace of work tends to slow and and we have more space to take care of ourselves. Here are some links on cultivating workplace wellbeing. Handle Your Stress Better by Knowing What Causes It–Identifying your stress triggers is the first step in better managing […]

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Interview with Amy Beck, Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living

July 7, 2017

New Century CIL: Interview with Amy Beck, Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living from Michele Martin on Vimeo. Another video in our ongoing series of interviews on entrepreneurship in centers for independent living. In this session, we talk with Amy Beck, Executive Director of the Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living.

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Friday Link Round Up: Coaching

June 30, 2017

Coaching can be an effective way to provide low-cost, high-impact professional development. Here are some tools to get you started. Coaching Readiness Questionnaire–Use or adapt the individual questionnaire to determine if someone is ready to participate in coaching. Coaching: An Action Guide for Nonprofits–From CompassPoint, this xplains the benefits and basics of coaching. An Action […]

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Friday Link Round Up: Co-Creating the Future

June 23, 2017

In this week’s post, we’re riffing off an article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review on best practices in breakout innovation and co-creation. Creating Breakout Innovation–Nonprofits, community groups, and philanthropists are embracing cocreation as a way to engage a wider community in tackling pressing problems. But only a small percentage of these efforts are resulting […]

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Friday Link Round Up

June 16, 2017

This week we’re sharing some miscellaneous links: Why You Should Care About Bots If You Care About Social Justice–Bots are all over the news lately and it turns out that when it comes to advocacy and social justice, we should be paying attention, as this article from the Ford Foundation points out. 199 Amazing Free […]

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Friday Link Round Up: Board Resources

June 9, 2017

This week, we’re sharing some Board resource links: Catalytic Questions for Generating Board Conversations–How could you use these questions to generate new discussions with your Board members? The Importance of an Annual Board Retreat–Some excellent advice on why and how to use annual retreats to re-engage with your Board. DIY Make a Bylaws Cheat Sheet–This […]

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