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NOVEMBER 2004 

Welcome to our latest issue of Leader Point ? Centerpoint for Leaders and The Points of Light Foundation's newest e-publication to give you relevant and concise information on leadership and organizational development.


Thoughts From Sandra

By Sandra Trice Gray

Prepare, Pivot, and Thrive:

More than one in ten executive director jobs turns over each year. That number is projected to climb by 15 percent or more as the baby-boomer generation ? many of whom founded core organizations in their communities 20 to 30 years ago ? begin to reach retirement age.

Change is Challenging! According to the TransitionGuides web site, under the best circumstances, replacing an executive director is a time-consuming and risky endeavor. Too often these transitions happen unexpectedly, leaving the organization and Board scrambling. The answer? Prepare, Pivot and Thrive. Properly managed, a leadership transition provides a pivotal moment, enabling an organization to change direction, maintain momentum, and strengthen its capacity. Whether you are a board member, an executive director, a foundation executive or other supporter of nonprofits, this site will help you understand how executive transitions can build the capacity of your nonprofit, your grantees, or your members and clients.

Please read more about this topic here or visit the TransitionGuides web site at here.

by William A. Guillory, Ph.D., Christopher Harding, and Daniel Guillory

Generations X and Y are not willing to compromise. They want it all. They expect to be mentored, coached and developed; they value equality and responsibility, but maybe most of all, they value investment in their own potential. Watch out, especially, for generation Y, those born between 1980 and 1995. They are technically savvy, having been born in the middle of the high speed, high tech revolution. You better know how to treat these up-and-coming leaders.

Please read the full version of this article here.

Some guidelines to assist you in becoming an integrated individual include:

  1. You need job competencies that are of value to an organization.
  2. You need a professional career plan.
  3. You need to be personally responsible for your career fate. No one else will take that on.
  4. Define for yourself what comprises meaningful work.

Please read the full version of this article here or look for additional information in PDF format here.

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New Directions in Nonprofit Capacity Building, by Tom Backer, Jane Ellen Bleeg, and Kathryn Groves

This research study looks into the leading edge of capacity-building work, highlighting new strategies in strengthening nonprofit organizations. The organized field of nonprofit capacity building has its roots in the emergence of venture philanthropy as a particular funding strategy, the increasing focus on performance of nonprofits, and, overall, greater attention to the capital needs and operating structures of nonprofit organizations. The basic components of capacity building are:

  1. technical/management assistance
  2. organizational development consulting and assessment and
  3. direct financial support.

Leading edge advances in the field include evaluation strategies and broader multi-organizational, community or field-wide capacity building. The Alliance for Nonprofit Management commissioned this research to get a better understanding of the depth of this "Universe" and to better understand who is doing nonprofit capacity building, how they are doing it, and what can be learned from their experiences.

Please read the introduction by Dr. Roni D. Posner here or buy the book!

 

New Website Profiles Nonprofit Assessment Tools

Information on 20 assessment tools for nonprofits are available at the new Upstate Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence web site and each entry includes an overview, availability, cost, complexity, estimated completion time, use within the organization, when is it useful (organization size and lifecycle) and a link to the assessment tool. If you have used a widely available assessment tool, Upstate Alliance welcomes suggestions for tools not listed.

Please read more about these useful tools here.

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