May 10, 2019

When something bad happens to someone we don’t know we often cringe and think "I’m glad that wasn’t me". If they have been doing something reckless or dangerous our reaction can also include "well that was probably self-inflicted" and "no wonder".

When the same thing ha...

January 10, 2019

Many non profit Directors reach the role of Chair because they have been among the most proactive and prevalent members of their respective boards.

This vote of confidence from their fellow board members may be based on past performance, but can also come with the expec...

November 13, 2018

The role of non-profit board Chair can be both rewarding and frustrating at the same time. The average Chair can arrive at the role from a number of pathways ranging from being ‘the one willing to put their hand up’, right through to being the most experienced and qual...

November 9, 2018

One of my favourite quotes is from Henry Ford who said that “coming together as a beginning, staying together is progress, but working together is success.

I really feel that this is very pertinent to not only for non profit boards but as your role as chair.

One of the t...

November 5, 2018

A great quote by John Wooden that that I believe relates really well to non-profit chairs is it “The most powerful leadership tool that you have at your disposal is leading by example”.

Some of the things that you might put in place to ensure you are leading by example...

November 2, 2018

A wonderful quote from Mother Teresa saying that “charity isn't about pity it is actually about love”.

When we think about the broader context of the word love, other feelings come to mind like commitment, as well as respect, empathy, perseverance and honesty.

When we th...

October 3, 2018

I attended my daughter’s graduation this week as we marked her last day at school after 13 years of challenges, accomplishments and growth. This in itself is not an unusual story, but she has had the added challenge of living with a disability, making her journey to th...

August 3, 2018

When a sector is going through major changes and facing challenges, we always see responses from organisations within, that can range from “bring it on” to “the sky is falling”. Right in the middle of these is “I’m sure someone will tell us what to do”, which is the mo...

July 6, 2018

A trending board topic of late is the appointment of corporate members to non profit boards.

The advice from those supposedly in the know is to professionalise your non profit board by recruiting from the corporate sector. Interestingly enough, with the latest revelatio...

June 5, 2018

Sitting in the dress circle at the state theatre on the 3rd of June, we were treated to a wonderful documentary about the work, life and passions of OzHarvest’s Founder and CEO, Ronni Kahn.

Aptly titled ‘Food Fighter’, the movie followed Ronni through three years of her...

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