As the year 2020 approaches, it is such a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the past year’s successes, what we learned and what we want to create in the year ahead. It’s so easy to just let life take us down the river and to end up in a place where we don’t want to be. Creating a system to check in with your team to make sure you are heading in the right direction is important. And it can be a fun and creative process that you all look forward to each year. [Read more…]
“Do you want to come out and play?” I have childhood memories of knocking on my neighbour’s door and issuing that invitation. Today I am more likely to be texting a friend to set up a “play date.” But play remains an important part of my life.
When I begin a new coaching engagement, I ask clients to rank their satisfaction in eight areas of their lives using a tool called the “Wheel of Life.” One of these categories is “fun and recreation.” As nonprofit professionals, we often focus on other areas of the wheel such as career, family, money or personal growth. And sometimes play gets lost.
So I was excited to get some insights by reading Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul by Dr. Stuart Brown, founder of The National Institute for Play. Also reading is one of my favourite activities. [Read more…]
Financial literacy is: “The ability to understand financial choices, plan for the future, spend wisely, and manage the challenges that come with life events such as job loss, saving for retirement, or a child’s education.” [source: US Government Accounting Office]
Unfortunately, the education system of one of the wealthiest countries in the world does not teach children, teenagers, and young adults how to “understand financial choices, plan for the future, and manage money.” Here is some of the evidence according to several recent surveys: [Read more…]
- You are greeted with genuine warmth and interest
- You notice you are asked what you think rather than told what to do
- You are given space to create and design, to express, reflect, and consider your thoughts
- You set goals – personally and as an organization
- You experience subtle and not-so-subtle forms of recognition and celebration of your successes – big and small
- Your mistakes are framed as opportunities for further learning and are encouraged as part of “the process”
This is every day. Welcome to our coaching-based organization, Future Possibilities for Kids (FPK). [Read more…]
Feeling out of control is a nasty feeling. When we are out of control, we are often reacting to what’s going on:
- The tears are ready to come, and it is NOT the time to cry.
- A sarcastic comment slips out, and we didn’t mean it to.
- We bite someone’s head off…and then regret it.
- Our voice quivers, telling the world how nervous we are.
- That cuss word just tumbled out, when it shouldn’t have!
All of these are examples of losing control. We feel powerless to hold onto our feelings and behaviours.
We simply react. [Read more…]
For many non-profit professionals, the end of the year can feel like a whirlwind. There is often a big push to secure those year-end gifts, which then creates a demand to process all of those gifts before December 31st. Frequently there are year-end board meetings, which create significant amounts of extra work for staff. Fundraising staff is busy organizing with volunteers to call donors or write personal, hand-written notes to thank them for their support. And then there is the endless parade of holiday parties and lunches. Who’s got time to even think!
Since it is often a busy time of year – both professionally and personally – you might suddenly find yourself facing the New Year and wondering where the time has gone. And, you may be asking yourself: “how did I get here?” [Read more…]
If you’re the kind of person who feels overwhelmed when you start a big project, the “divide and prioritize” technique will serve you well. Dividing and prioritizing will enable you to determine the most important tasks to completing your big challenge. Each step you take will be reason for celebration and continuing to pursue your main objective. [Read more…]
Yesterday I was on a group video call with fellow volunteers from a leadership mentoring program. During our ‘check in’ the topic of the holidays emerged. It was interesting to witness the different reactions and perspectives. Many were excited and enjoying the magic of the season. Some commented that people can seem more rattled during this time of year. Others were eager to opt out altogether.
This week marks International Coaching Week, a global celebration of the coaching profession. Last night in Toronto, I attended an event that celebrated the impact of coaching at Up With Women, a charity that helps recently homeless women to rebuild their careers faster. The evening featured stories of tremendous transformation.
Many professionals with whom I work lead teams in the nonprofit world. They are attracted to the nonprofit sector because of the opportunity to have an impact beyond financial return for themselves and shareholders.