We are human. No shock there. We are all complicated individuals who have a unique set of experiences and thoughts. Our challenge in making change happen, is that we are not always sure what the people we seek to serve want or need. Because it’s really hard to find this out when we are under pressure to get results. Continue reading
I’ve been honing this over the last few months.
The concept is that instead of waiting to ask for ideas when employees (in my case consultants) leave, seek insights when they first arrive – gathering new suggestions and ideas. This makes sense, as how often in an exit interview – is the person looking at their watch and reading for the next thing? Continue reading
Managers in the social impact sector are overworked, under high degrees of stress and pressure to achieve results, and have to keep thinking about how to make sure projects show evidence of change and value for money.
This isn’t easy, as often we are expected to do more, and to reach more people, with less funding. Continue reading
And then you start getting feedback. And this can be hard.
Change and creating something new is hard and fulfilling work. Remember – not all feedback is useful, and you don’t need to listen to everyone. But you do need to stay level-headed, even if the feedback is not easy to work through.
We want to instil discussions about the tough topics with social change makers who want to do the hard work and make change happen – the rest of this article can be found via The Innovation community.
We’re not huge fans of new year’s resolutions. Gym, wake up earlier, starting hobbies can work for some people, but doesn’t work for others. You could set goals, make them SMART and even make a theory of change. We think this should be done quarterly (not the theory of change), but look at what you are trying to achieve as an individual across your entire life (not just work) on a quarterly basis. Continue reading
You may spend a huge amount of time uplifting your teams and team members, showing empathy, listening, propelling them forward. But then a lot of what you do is outside of your control. The decisions may be made by your boss, or further up the chain. Continue reading
If you work like us, you may have many ideas about improvements to projects/processes on the edge of the box. You might bend, break or blend other ideas. Or you could come up with amazing outside the box thinking.
However, often we get knocked back by clients or other change makers, and sometimes get frustrated.
Why can’t they see what I see? Continue reading
In the world of covid-19 it’s even more important to focus on your teams’ creativity with more intentionality (maybe to jargon a word – but the number of syllables shows the importance of creativity).
As a leader, here are some tips of things that have successfully fostered creativity: Continue reading
I currently lead several new projects in South Sudan and Somalia for a client. New teams, new projects, new dynamics, new client needs, new stories, new biases, new worldviews. Here’s some lessons from the last couple of weeks. Continue reading
Someone once asked me this as I struggled to build a document in Excel – one of my many nemeses. My blood pressure goes up just when I read or hear the word ‘Excel’ I sweat more than usual, my chest gets tight, the whole deal. Continue reading