Leadership

November 20, 2017

Memories of IFC 2017

Thanks to the Resource Alliance, UK for the marvelous IFC 2017 (International Fundraising Congress). 

Truly international – and risk-taking.

Imagine talking with colleagues all over the world... And you can always find and connect with people in the dining rooms reserved for IFC participants. Just sit anywhere… Perhaps you’ll be talking with Chinese and South African colleagues. Fundraisers and executives from Nigeria, Argentina, Slovakia, Thailand, Singapore, Canada, Scotland, Ireland, Italy, France, Autralia, Turkey, Jordan, Pakistan, Czech Republic, Germany…. And more….

Here are some wonderful highlights… To inspire and challenge you and me over and over…

Ahmen…Fundraiser and rapper…This is my favorite plenary session. Beautiful. Angry. Hopeful. Speaking out. Challenging us.

I did a 6-hour masterclass called “Changing Your Organization for Greater Impact.” Here’s my video promo for the masterclass. (People came up to me at the conference — whom I didn’t know — saying that they liked my ad.)

Have you ever seen live graphic documenting during meetings or presentations? It’s marvelous. And the IFC has this happening… First in 2016, I think. And again in 2017. And I hope forever!!!

This is the graphic facilitation (by Housatonic) for my masterclass. You can see many more IFC drawings on Facebook.

 

 

 

 

Filed under: Leadership, Research, Resources

November 14, 2017

What are we white people doing?

Marvelous piece about white people power. The article is called “America is Burning.” It’s directed to white people working in philanthropy. And the article asks us, “what is your next move?”

And check out this wonderful interview by Bill Moyer, “Peeling the Whitewash from our Myths.” Moyer is interviewing Susan K. Smith, researcher in American history, religion, and culture.

What are we white people doing? Why don’t we understand? So many years. So many deaths. So many laws and demonstrations. Yes, of course, some change. But not enough. I hope athletes – both black and white – will take the knee on every field and court possible. I hope that protests abound, whites marching in partnership with all people of color.

I watch people twitch when I talk about my unearned privilege of being white, heterosexual, well-educated and affluent.  And my disadvantage is being female. I have people hug me because I talk candidly. And others criticize me because I shouldn’t talk about this stuff.

I think everyone should talk about “this stuff.” I think philanthropic organizations should talk about “this stuff” lots and lots.

November 9, 2017

Reflections from the past – and still happening somehow today

Slavery did NOT end in 1865…

And please don’t tell me that “it’s so very very very much better now.”

So very very very much better? OVER?  NO! Not over! How about the still-alive-today Ku Klux Klan?

Yes, better in some ways. No more lynchings.         But still lots of killing. STILL!   And more imprisonment and …

Visit the National Museum of African-American History and Culture. Such sadness and pain and so much truth to hear and learn and embrace. Truth.                Have you read the Emancipation Proclamation? 

Are you familiar with Jim Crow laws and the 1896 Supreme Court decision Plessy versus Ferguson?

How long did it take to overturn Plessy v. Ferguson? Until 1954. Brown versus Board of Education. And here’s the timeline.

Did you and I think that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 fixed everything? How about the Voting Rights Act of 1965? One of the most beautiful stories for President Obama’s first inauguration: “Wish you were here.” Thank you Bob Herbert.

Do you know about the Southern Strategy – building a new majority based on antipathy towards the Civil Rights movement and the work of Lyndon Baines Johnson?

What have we done? What are we still doing?

Just read the news. Listen to the stories. Look in someone’s eye. Think in your mind and heart.

And watch this YouTube video. What will you do differently? Will you speak out? Will you and I learn more and speak more loudly? If not you and me, who? If not now, when?

 

November 4, 2017

Stories from my dorm room

Ah Cohort 27 (and your two Cohort 26 colleagues)….. You’ve been so fantastic in Emerging Issues for SMUMN’s Philanthropy and Development Program.

Hey out there in the world…What kind of emerging issues have you been observing, do you anticipate might become trends… (And absolutely do NOT NOT NOT say anything about Millennials or social media. I mean really…. Emerging? Not hardly!! Emerged. Past emerged. Life.)

So what were those 12 marvelous colleagues in PHDE 657 Emerging Issues writing about?

Things like:

  • Can we really afford to close our borders?
  • Building a new era of trust
  • Girls in the Boy Scouts
  • Trauma informed and feedback movement in the social sector
  • Change coming in our diocese – or can we be agents of change?
  • Apocalypse Soon: The need for standards
  • Valuable recruits are following emerging issues
  • Fundraising for the New NCAA (No one Can Abuse Athletes)
  • Emerging into my new
  • Instability and uncertainty in the development director role
  • Throwing away the rubber stamp: a board self-assessment to drive growth

And how about that NCAA thing? That’s collegiate sports for those of you not into sports (like me)!!! And how about taking the knee in NFL games? So we had all this great wonderful back and forth in the online classroom, talking about race and racism and athletes. So very very cool!!

And the author of the final project for the “new NCAA” emailed me with the new Sports Illustrated cover.  His email to me said, “This month’s cover of Sports Illustrated… The NCAA is Broken (but you knew that). Interesting stuff and sad the exploitation of young African American athletes.”

 

 

October 23, 2017

Please help: Survey about leadership…yours, mine, & others!

Please join me and take this leadership survey. Takes only 14 minutes to complete. https://plymouthbusiness.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2aFGGX21xXzr3fL

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Hail all leaders… CEOs, directors of development, team leaders, COOs. How do you behave? What’s your management style? How does this style make you a successful leader?

Would you like to be a better leader – more successful? I would. So I plan to participate in this survey.

Please help research the relationship between leadership styles you and others use … And how each style might produce good outcomes, such as a thriving culture of philanthropy.

Here’s the survey link. I’m hoping you’ll participate. https://plymouthbusiness.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2aFGGX21xXzr3fL

 Who’s doing this research? People I really admire and respect.

  • The very trustworthy Hartsook Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy (founded by Adrian Sargeant with Jen Shang as the research director).
  • Marc Pitman (CEO of The Concord Leadership Group. I think of him as bowtie guy.)

Filed under: Leadership, Research

October 11, 2017

I keep learning from novels.

Yes yes yes learning from novels.

I’ve told you that before. Romance novels. Spies. Sci fi fantasy. WHATEVER!

I just fell in love with a new series of novels by Martin Walker… Mysteries of the French Countryside. St. Denis in the Périgord. Bruno is the chief of police. I’ve read 4 so far. I have the 5th next to my bed. And there are at least 2 more!!!!

Mystery. Action. Love. Family. Community. French cooking. Wine.

And now these quotations:

“There was something mind-numbing about official prose that could turn a profound human drama into lifeless bureaucratic verbiage…perhaps that was the point.” (I read this to Tom Ahern and he snickered – or was it a snort?)

“They tended to discount claims of rape between lovers…thinking that once the woman had already been to bed with the man, what difference would another sexual incident make?” (WTF are they thinking?)

“Napoléon said no plan ever survives contact with the enemy.” (Hmmmm…. Does this mean we shouldn’t plan? Maybe a portion of the plan would work… Maybe good planning – which means deep conversation and challenging assumptions and gathering information and evidence and and and … Maybe the exercise is good enough? And good planning includes foreseeing the unforeseen and so much more.)

October 4, 2017

Planning for any future that could come along

Part of my consulting practice is strategic planning . . .

Today’s thought #1: Build the adaptive capacity of your organization. (See Carl Sussman’s great article about making change…. External focus. Network connectedness. Inquisitiveness. Innovation.)

#2 thought: Plan to the highest probability.

Thought #3: Choose “no regrets” moves.

#4 thought: Check out my notes about planning for any future that could come along — a series of vantage points / lenses in my Free Download Library.

 

September 18, 2017

Notes from my dorm room

Cohort 27 explored some great cage-rattling questions (CRQs):

From Dan: How do we move the board from a reactive to a proactive focus?

From Anna: How do we prepare for things we can’t predict?

From Derek: What kind of financial transparency matters in an organization?

Thank you all!!!

Filed under: Leadership

August 3, 2017

Notes from my dorm room: Welcome Cohort 27

My annual July sojourn in Winona, Minnesota. At Saint Mary’s University. I LOVE LOVE teaching in the masters program for Philanthropy and Development.

Cohort 27. Can you imagine? This program is 27 years old. And I’ve been teaching since 2000, Cohort 9.

Some great stuff from Cohort 27.

  • We watched Brené Brown’s vulnerability video. If you haven’t watched it, do so! If you have, watch it again, as I do every year.
  • Brandon noted that when we’re leading change, remember the 7 emotional triggers: Anger. Fear. Greed. Guilt. Flattery. Exclusivity. Salvation. SMART! Those emotional triggers are useful for more than fundraising!
  • Geologist Jeff told us to check out KK.org. (Kevin Kelly) Some interesting stuff. For example: The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces that Will Shape out Future. And check his blogs.

P.S. Hey Cohort 27 members. Here are a few videos that we didn’t watch but I think you’ll find them cool and applicable to our first course together. How might you use some of this stuff back home? Go for it!!

First follower: Lessons from dancing guy

Empathy: Jeremy Rifkin

July 26, 2017

Notes from my dorm room: Farewell Cohort 25

One of the most meaningful experiences in my life…

Every year I go to Winona, Minnesota…on the Mississippi. There I join colleagues from around North America mostly (but sometimes from Africa and China and !!). I teach in the masters program in Philanthropy and Development at Saint Mary’s University.

And every year, I write a series of blogs called Notes From My Dorm Room. I’ve just returned from SMUMN and I have so much to tell you!!!

A testimonial – with a picture of Mrs. Frizzle – from Andrea, Cohort 25. Now sitting on my self with the megaphone and bell given to me by Cohort 25 last year.

“To our FEARLESS Leader, Ms. Frizzle” better known as Simone Joyaux. She somehow managed the chaos on our “Magical School Bus” ride. She calmed us, she challenged us, and most importantly, she taught us. Her lessons far extend the classroom. She challenged us to be better and do beter. She gave us permission to say “But WHY?” and that not only is it ok to stand up for others, it is expected.

 


 

 

Simone Joyaux, ACFRE, Adv Dip, is an internationally recognized expert in fund development, board and organizational development, strategic planning, and management.

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