In this session, originally recorded on October 25, 2021, we asked Owen Charters, President & CEO of BGC Canada, to present his five good ideas about how a board can be better.
They say strategy starts with the board, but is that really true, and should it be? Whether you’re an executive director or CEO (including an aspiring one), managing a board is a skill that’s rarely taught, yet vital to any senior non-profit leader. In this Five Good Ideas session with Owen Charters, find out how a board can be better. What should it focus on, and what should it ignore? Build a great board so that governance adds real value to you and your organization. Learn what and how to present issues to your board. Discover five good ideas (and a few bad ones to avoid) to keep your board on track, ensuring they are a partner in guiding your organization on the toughest decisions, and uncover whether they really should be the seat of organizational strategy.
Five Good Ideas
1. Guide and shape the work of the board in three key areas: policy, strategy, and generative governance; but remember, boards don’t DO strategy.
2. Boards manage and evaluate CEOs; but CEOs need to take the initiative to shape this work.
3. Boards should be diverse, but most importantly must be reflective of the community.
4. Boards need to be engaged – committees, education programs, mission connection, and as alumni.
5. Look to other sectors – there are good practices that we can emulate in the corporate sector around accountability and shaping the work of the board.
About Owen Charters
Owen Charters is CEO of BGC Canada (formerly Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada). He serves on the advisory board of Common Good, a retirement plan for nonprofit sector employees, the Advisory Committee for the School for Advanced Studies in the Arts and Humanities at Western University, and the board of the National Alliance for Children and Youth. Former Chair of Imagine Canada and the Human Resources Council on the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector, Owen is also faculty for the Social Sector Leadership MBA at York University’s Schulich School of Business. He is interested in pushing for a stronger nonprofit sector voice in Canadian policy, as well as better working conditions for sector employees.
In this session, originally recorded on April 30, 2019, we tackle team-building with Naki Osutei. For the full transcript and ideas, visit https://maytree.com/five-good-ideas/five-good-ideas-for-building-strong-teams/ Individuals may generate ideas but teams bring them to life. In some cases we are working with teams of people who report to us in a workplace setting, in other instances our teams may be composed of volunteers. We may have a team of 2 people or a team of 200. But in all cases, the strongest teams are made up of people who believe that their efforts will have positive impact and also (less widely discussed) offer them personal benefit. In this Five Good Ideas session, Naki Osutei talks about her ideas for building teams that deliver projects and uplift people. Five Good Ideas 1. Make your team’s existence mission-worthy 2. Choose knowledge over likeability 3. Create a psychologically safe environment – every day 4. Set the bar very high 5. Build your team’s origin story AND your future success story Resources 1. The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups by Daniel Coyle 2. Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter by Liz Wiseman 3. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 4. Podcast: Work Life with Adam Grant 5. TED Talks: The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain: and Color Blind or Color Brave by Mellody Hobson About Naki Osutei Naki Osutei is the Associate Vice President of Partnerships and Engagement for the Global Corporate Citizenship department at TD Bank. Prior to coming to TD, Naki worked at CIBC supporting the development of executives and working to diversify the executive pipeline. She also ...
In this session, originally recorded on June 15, 2021, we asked Jeff Szeto, Chief Financial Officer at Avana Capital Corporation and Maytree, to speak about his five good ideas to enhance your finance toolkit. For anyone working in a for-profit, non-profit, or charitable organization, it is critically important to have a robust finance and accounting team that can help them understand and leverage the financial aspects of their organization. This will help minimize risk but also support them – and their organization – in navigating and planning for the future. Using a practical and illustrative approach, and based on his experience in both non-profit and for-profit sectors, Jeff speaks on five good ideas to have in your finance toolkit that can help you build and maintain a strong financial foundation. Five Good Ideas 1. Assess and improve operational efficiency2. Implement appropriate risk management3. Ensure you have business intelligence tools4. Be thoughtful about resource planning5. Integrate finance into the enterprise Resources CPA Canada: Business and accounting resources – topical whitepapers on topics impacting finance and accounting professionals Deloitte Insights – whitepapers covering a range of highly current topics ranging from strategy, operations, technology to accounting, etc. WHO: Solve your #1 Problem – a guide to formulaic guide to hiring by Geoff Smart and Randy Street Gartner.com – the latest trending finance topics backed by experts and peers Mckinsey Special Collection: The Role of the CFO – a good article on the role of a CFO For the full transcript, visit https://maytree.com/five-good-ideas/five-good-ideas-to-build-your-finance-toolkit/ About Jeff Szeto Jeff has over 15 years of extensive experience in ...
In this session, originally recorded on January 26, 2022, we asked Matthew Mendelsohn, a public policy entrepreneur, researcher, strategic advisor and public sector executive, to share his five good ideas on the best ways to influence the decisions governments make. Matthew provides an overview of lessons he has learned during his time in government, advocacy, consulting and policy think tanks. Read the full transcript at https://maytree.com/five-good-ideas/five-good-ideas-to-influence-public-policy/. Five Good Ideas 1. Political science matters – interests, institutions, ideas, identity, and incentives all constrain outcomes 2. Understand the political process, the bureaucratic process, and the issue 3. Relationships and trust are capital 4. Stories matter to help frame problems and solutions 5. The announcement is the end of the beginning – details and implementation matter Resources David Evans and Markus Goldstein: 8 lessons on how to influence policy with evidence – from Oxfam’s experience. Overseas Development Institute: 10 things to know about how to influence policy with research. Antje Dun: How to frame issues for social change impact. Pedro Barata: Five Good Ideas for getting your issues on the public policy dance floor Sherri Torjman: Five Good Ideas about policy About Matthew Mendelsohn Matthew Mendelsohn is a public policy entrepreneur, researcher, strategic advisor, and public sector executive. He has been using public policy to deliver economic and social impact for 25 years. He is currently a Visiting Professor and co-founder of First Policy Response at Ryerson University in Toronto and a Senior Advisor to Boston Consulting Group’s Global Public Sector Practice. From 2016-2020 he served as Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet in the Privy Council Office, where he led the Prime Minister’s Results & Delivery Unit and the Impact & Innovation Unit. During his time in Ottawa, he also co-led the ...