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How Grantmaking Can Create Adaptive Organizations

Coal mining was the economic lifeblood of eastern Kentucky for most of the twentieth century, providing families in this rural mountainous region with one of the few sources of a middle-class income. But those jobs began disappearing in the 1980s as producers switched from underground mining to surface mining and mountaintop removal. More recently, mining operations have shifted to western U.S. states as the coal seams in Central Appalachia have become depleted.

Published: 22Aug2016

Are you a strategic thinker or just a planner?

I made the point in the first of these columns that one of the main differences between leadership and management is the ability to have a strategic perspective and think strategically. This is universally expected of leaders, almost never taught to anyone formally, and therefore often marks one of the tougher transitions for very successful managers in becoming effective leaders.

Published: 19Aug2016

Strategy Is Better Than Good Intentions

Good intentions, energy and teamwork are necessary, but good strategy is also vital for nonprofit operations. The brainy stuff really comes in handy.

Speaking during the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Fundraising Day In New York 2016, David M. Sterling of Western New England University stressed the necessity of strategy within an organization.

Published: 19Aug2016

World Social Forum reboots in Montreal

Fifteen years after the World Social Forum (WSF) began with a huge gathering in Porto Alegre, Brazil, organisers are hoping to breathe new life into the anti-globalisation movement.

..."When I talk with Montrealers, no one is aware of this forum and so few people know about the WSF in general, whereas everyone knows Davos," said Henry Mintzberg, a professor at McGill University in Montreal, contrasting the WSF with its nemesis, the World Economic Form held each year in the posh Swiss Alps resort.

Published: 18Aug2016

Les altermondialistes débarquent à Montréal

Environ 50 000 altermondialistes du Québec et d'ailleurs sont attendus à Montréal à partir du 9 août pour participer au Forum social mondial (FSM), qui se tient pour la première fois dans un pays occidental.

Published: 3Aug2016

Do you run for cure? How about running for cause.

You probably know people who have had some sort of cancer. You also know many more who will be getting these diseases—you just don’t know who they are. So when you “Run for Cancer”, the money likely goes for those people who have the disease, to find a cure, rather than to the investigation of cause, so that many more people needn’t get the disease in the first place. We certainly need to celebrate concern for the ill, but shouldn’t we show equivalent concern for the healthy, so that they don’t get ill? Is not an ounce of prevention worth a pound of cure?

Published: 28Jul2016

Harvard Business School’s bricks-and-clicks spree

As dean of Harvard Business School, part of Nitin Nohria’s job is to mythologise its vast campus. The inauguration last month of yet another new building offered a perfect marketing opportunity.

Not all are convinced that it equates to real experience, however. Henry Mintzberg, a McGill University management professor, is a long-time critic of MBAs and the case method, which he sees as too theoretical. He characterises the Field innovation as “young know-nothings shooting off their mouths about things they don’t understand”.

Published: 25Jul2016

Forum social mondial: par terre, pour la Terre

Vous connaissez sans doute le Forum économique mondial (FEM), ou du moins sa rencontre annuelle de Davos. Tous les mois de janvier, 2500 des personnes les plus influentes au monde envahissent ce lieu de villégiature suisse pour faire bouger le monde, tout en s'assurant qu'il demeure solidement enraciné dans la mondialisation de l'économie.

Published: 18Jul2016

Harvard Business School’s bricks-and-clicks spending spree

As dean of Harvard Business School, part of Nitin Nohria’s job is to mythologise its vast campus. The inauguration last month of yet another new building offered a perfect marketing opportunity.

...Not all are convinced that it equates to real experience, however. Henry Mintzberg, a McGill University management professor, is a long-time critic of MBAs and the case method, which he sees as too theoretical. He characterises the Field innovation as “young know-nothings shooting off their mouths about things they don’t understand”.

Published: 18Jul2016

Combining leadership skill and management capability

Chris Lake, head of professional development at the NHS Leadership Academy, explores why leadership and management are equally important – and why they can’t work in isolation.

Having spent twenty years in the business of studying leadership and developing leaders, there’s not a single definition of leadership, or even a set of definitions, that are nearly as coherent and unified as there are for management.

Published: 14Jul2016

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