Two articles from Stanford Social Innovation Review, The Collaboration Game: Solving the Puzzle of Nonprofit Partnership and 10 Things You Need to Build Clever Coalitions acknowledge that NFP collaboration is not easy and works in a world of complex systems and change but both look at strategies
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The Australian Institute of Company Directors released it’s Director Sentiment Index. More than 30% of the survey respondents were directors in the NGO sector. It found that Australia’s board directors are more confident than they have been in the past six years.
According to an article in Harvard Business Review A face-to-face request is 34 times more successful than an email, recent research has shown that people overestimate their ability to be persuasive in writing and underestimate how effective they can be talking face-to-face. They found that what may be convenient may not be as effective.
There are almost 19,00 charities with incomes under $50,00 per annum but when considered as a group, they had a combined income of more than $300 million in 2015, held assets worth more than $5 billion, and employed over 26,000 staff and 436,000 volunteers. The report, Australia’s Smallest Charities, was produced in collaboration with the Centre for Social Impact and the Social Policy Research Centre at the University of New South Wales for the Australian Charities
Amantha Imber, in a TED talk last year in Melbourne asked: Can you design an innovation culture? Innovation is often only associated with creative or artistic people but her observation is that there is actually a science behind innovation supported by a strong evidence-base.
We like to think of ourselves as social justice organisations and whilst it clearly applies to our clients, does it always apply to our staff? Research shows that It matters more than you might think. “If managers behave fairly their staff are more likely to feel committed to their jobs and perform better overall.”
“Just sticking to formal annual performance management processes isn’t particularly useful — not to mention that almost no-one enjoys it.” The Department of Communications and the Arts has introduced a process where Employee trust and performance improved with regular chats, not ratings. They encouraged supervising staff to use every work-related conversation is an opportunity for a performance and development conversation but stressed the importance of not just telling someone they did a good
The article, Barriers to Funder Collaboration and the Will to Overcome Them, is clearly focussed on funders, however several of the issues it raises are pertinent to NFPs in general. It identifies four potential barriers:
Sharing information on cyber threats is recognised as an efficient way to reduce the effectiveness of cyber threats but establishing information sharing networks isn’t simple and is easily undermined. Cyber information sharing: achieving the Holy Grail of cooperation looks at the factors that are needed to build the national Cyber Security Strategy.
What is it that people are looking for in their working life so they give their best? What are they looking for?