Lorie Corcuera is co-founder and culture creator at SPARK Creations, an organization that helps other businesses build (or re-build) their cultures around their people. Lori explains that SPARK helps to humanize work by putting the focus on people, to help them understand who they are, and how they can live their most effective life, both in their personal lives and at work.
We recently reviewed our favorite strategy and leadership books, and would now like to share our favorite podcasts (in no particular order). Podcasts are a fantastic medium because they can go with you anywhere. Whether you’re commuting to work, out for a run, or at home cooking dinner, tuning into a podcast is a time saver. It’s a great way to learn, while at the same time, doing something else that you would be doing anyway!
I'm a part of a group called the Whiskey Wisemen. It's a society across North America that supports non profit organizations that do good, while also learning about and consuming Whiskey.
While strategic planning and project management are not the same, they are closely related, and they both deserve attention.
Think of strategic planning on a macro level, as something that is organization wide. Project management, however, is on a micro level, as it can be applied to individual projects throughout your organization, and across various departments. Project management can also be viewed as part of the implementation phase of your strategic plan (i.e. the process of getting things done).
Developing a strategic plan is a valuable process to have both a strategic planning document that guides the organization, as well as to ask important questions that will allow you to uncover different needs that exist in your organization.
Bob Prenovost, who is the Managing Principal at Propellor Advisors, joined us on our Strategy & Leadership Podcast to explain the strategic benefits of social enterprises. While we commonly think of a social enterprise as being either a non-profit or a not-for-profit organization, a social enterprise can also be a for-profit company that is committed to a social cause, whether it be for example humanitarian or environmental. Regardless of the sector, Propellor Advisors' mission is to help organizations become social enterprises.
We asked Bob why organizations might be interested in becoming social enterprises, especially non-profit organizations who might be struggling to retain funding. He explained that government and donor funding is increasingly limited, and not guaranteed, and the continuous search for funding may take more resources and output than income generated in the end.
Looking to add to your reading list this fall? We’ve reviewed 10 books on strategy and leadership, and here are our favorites (in no particular order):
On September 29th we will be heading east to do some stakeholder engagement and we're going to take the opportuntiy to host one of our famous minglers and meet some great folks in Toronto.
In this episode of our Strategy and Leadership Podcast, Brock McDonald, the CEO of the Recycling Council of BC, joined us to chat about strategic planning, team building, establishing partnerships and leading initiatives within a non-profit environmental organization. Brock has worked with the Recycling Council of BC since 2003 where their mission is to minimize and eventually eliminate waste.