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Issue #80; October 2017
Coming in OCTOBER
OCTOBER is   Fair Trade Month and  Mental Health  Month
Oct 02-06 is  Read-In Week

1 Intern'l Day of Older Persons(UN)
1 Intern'l Coffee Day
2 World Habitat Day (UN)
2 Custodial Worker Day
4 Random Acts of Poetry Day
4 Taco Day
6 Badger Day
10 World Mental Health Day (UN)
10 World Homeless Day
11 Intern'l Day of the Girl Child (UN)
12 World Arthritis Day
13 No Bra Day
15 World Maths Day
16 World Food Day (UN)
17 Intern'l Day for the Eradication of Poverty (UN)
19 Get Smart About Credit Day
20 Intern'l Sloth Day
24 United Nations Day (UN)
28 Make a Difference Day
31 World Cities Day (UN)


Shout Out!  
A big thanks to some who made my life better in September!

MaryJane Alanko
BC Lions Alumni Association
Marnie Beaudoin
Shelley Carmichael-Silins
Barry Cavanaugh
David Cheoros
Bruce Clarke
Michelle Demers
Louise & Randy Duncan
Bobbi Fitzgerald
John Fluevog
Mandy Foster
Karen MacKenzie
Jeff Mawson
Karlan Morrison
Bonita Murdock
Andy Northrup
Darlene Ramsum
Lori Schmidt
Ian Sinclair
Ralph Suppa
Jamie Taras
Janna Tominuk
Theresa Tsoukalas
Jane Tulloch
Esther West
Gord West
Elana & Jason West
Chris Wood
Louis Yu Tim Lun

"Surround yourself with a trusted and loyal team.  It makes all the difference."
Alison Pincus
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How Do I Get Millennials to Join My Association (Good article) Click Here

How the Pyramids Weren't Built (Graham Hancock gives his theories) Click Here

5 Things You Didn't Know About Bacon  (I did NOT know that!) Click Here

Fun T-Shirt for Plumbers (You can probably guess) Click Here

Misconception about Thread Count of Sheets (Higher is not better!) Click Here

LUE-42 Enterprises (Mine)  
Northern Sabbatical Productions (Mine)   
Heard in the Boardroom
Alberta Aviation Museum Access
Reader Notes  
Wish I'd said that...   
Networking Tips
     People are talking about Christmas already! Seems a good time to review some networking tips.  
     Donna Paris (; Sept/Oct 2017) just published a list of strategies to network with a difference.
     For starters, when you approach someone, start by asking yourself "How can I help this person?" I love this idea. Here are some others:

Build Your Brand: Speak with passion; network often.

Do the Prep: Get a list of attendees and do some research.

Fuel Up: Have a snack first so you can focus on people, not food. (Another good idea!)

Make it Snappy: We average 7 minutes a person networking. Stick to the basics.

Be Brave: Compose yourself on entry. Ask to join a small group. Meet one more person each time.

Remember Names: Pay attention to the intros. Ask for a card. Figure out a clever way to remember it.

Disengage Gracefully: Don't just split for the buffet. Say something relevant.

Follow Up: Send a brief email or a note on LinkedIn.

Forecast for October 04 

Cloudy with a chance of Tacos


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     Hey, September's done and I forgot to tell you another cool thing about August! I attended the last (last)  Canadian Derby - who knows? Maybe there will be one more last Derby. Once again I put my mom's last $50 on the line and she won (again)! I get a kick out of putting her money on a grey horse (like she would do) and keeping that last bit of her money going. I los t my own money , but it was a great day of racing and I got to wear my grandmother's hat, which I re-designed for the event. 
     I attended the Labour Day Classic in Calgary and for the umpteenth year, had to pay off my bets with beers. It was great to see so many friends in Calgary, if only my team would have shown up. At least we still have time to right the good ship Eskimos.

Only in Calgary

     I had a trip to V ancouver and that meant sampling and evaluating several more craft beers but it also meant a beautiful  walk along the Fraser River with a friend. Otters and herons and gulls -- oh my! As great as that was, breakfast was even better:  Kim chi hash! I am totally trying this at home. 
     While at the coast I connected with friends and managed to get a ton of work done, too. A big shout out to the BC Lions Alumni Association who treated me to a Lions/Alouettes football g ame. Great seats and more friendly faces. 
     I had a wonderful night out with a friend to go see Daniel O'Donnell. He's a performer my mom really enjoyed, and he really does  put on a good show. Other than the consistently messed up parking at the Jubilee Auditorium, it was a perfect evening. And Charlie Pride skyped in for a song, so that was way cool.
     I joined #GreyCupFitUp headed up by's Brodie Lawson and Davis Sanchez. For the 100 days leading up to Grey Cup we are supposed to work out at least 30 minutes a day and then Tweet about it. Assuming people are telling the truth, there should be some really fit people in all those hospitality rooms in November! I'm Tweeting the truth, but the truth is I don't Tweet all that often. Sure, sometimes I exercise and don't Tweet, but sometimes I just don't do the work out. You know how it is. Right? 
     My favourite shoe store ( Fluevog) hosted a reception that featured my favourite shoe designer ( John Fluevog). What a treat to meet him! I got my first Fluevog shoes in the late 1970s and wow, were they great. I've loved every pair I've owned in the intervening years as well. It was so awesome to meet him and to be around all the fabulous shoes and the interesting people who wear them.

With John Fluevog

My Faraday's by Fluevog

     I was excited to learn how to make a video in my social media class, but it will need quite a bit of work before I share that link! I can see using this tool (maybe even in this ezine) but I'm not there yet. 
      I've been learning hard, working hard, playing hard, and laughing hard. I've been blessed to spend time with wonderful friends at open houses, parties, and on  road trips. Thanks to that one Charlie Pride song, I've been kicked into a phase of Hank Williams, Jim Reeves, and Johnny Cash so I just honoured it and stopped in the Torrington bar for a visit and some olde-tyme country tunes on a jukebox I've watched football, I've enjoyed great food, and I've culled more stuff. I think I'm ready for October. Are you?

"A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes.  It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results."   
Wade Beggs

The Answer   


A: Sure, but not as well as we could be.                        
        Of course I follow governance trends, but I do it mostly through observation and experience. BoardSource actually does a study every two years, and Leading With Intent 2017: A National Index of Nonprofit Board Practices has just been released. The research is all US-based, but still relevant for us in Canada.
       This is the ninth time they've done the study and while I haven't finished the entire report, I thought I'd share some highlights from the executive summary.
  1. Boards are no more diverse than they were two years ago, and current recruitment priorities indicate this is unlikely to change. Leaders are dissatisfied with the level of diversity but are not making racial and ethnic diversity a priority in board recruitment.
  2. Boards are starting to embrace their roles as advocates for their missions, but stronger leadership is still needed.  Most organizations do not have formal policies around advocacy. Both the chief staff officers and the board chairs cite this in their top three things for boards to improve.
  3. Strong understanding of programs is linked to stronger engagement, strategy, and external leadership - including fundraising.  The board needs ongoing education to deepen its understanding of the organization's programs and operating environment. When deep understanding is present, everything the board is supposed to do works better.
  4. Boards that assess their performance regularly perform better on core responsibilities. (Yet boards still fight me on this! This is an area I've also been doing research on and while BoardSource says boards are scoring better than before, I'm starting to wonder if we're even evaluating the right things. More on that in a future article.)
  5. Chief executives and board chairs agree that the board has an impact on organizational performance, particularly if the board understands its roles and responsibilities, and if the board is able to work as a collaborative team toward shared goals.  There is a perceived connection between board performance and organizational performance. 
        The final section of the LWI2017 is designed to help you find ways to meet the challenges above with your own boards. BoardSource offers the following priorities to help you get started.
  1. Make it an ongoing priority to deepen your board's understanding of your organization's programs - what you do, why it matters, and how you know you are having an impact.
  2. Think strategically and creatively about how to position board members for stronger leadership outside the boardroom through fundraising, advocacy, and broader community outreach.
  3. Start a conversation about what a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity would look like for your board, your organization, and your work in the community.
  4. Ensure that every board member begins service with a firm understanding of the roles and responsibilities - what they are and what they aren't - and continually reinforce the importance of role understanding throughout every member's service.
  5. Work to cultivate a culture of trust, respect, and mutual accountability within your board by creating opportunities for your members to engage with each other in a way that deepens their understanding of each other and their shared commitment to the organization's work.
  You can download the full report, free!   Click Here

Getting Your Meetings Back on Track     

     In a recent Crucial Skills blog, "Exasperated" wrote about a co-worker who keeps hi-jacking the meetings -- talking on every item every time -- causing meetings to go too long, not be productive, and not be a place where everyone is heard. Sound familiar?  The response by David Maxfield had some good tips, summarized below

Take ownership for the meeting.  Recognize that your acceptance of bad norms reinforces those very norms. Suggest changes to the meeting leader. Work together to create new norms.

Name the problems and create ground rules.  List the behaviors that derail your meetings, and describe the impacts these behaviors have on decisions, wasted time, and morale. Come up with <5 ground rules to prevent these behaviours.

Schedule time to discuss problem behaviors and proposed ground rules. Use this time to model the ground rules. Post a sign that labels the problem behaviors and ground rules. Change ground rules if they aren't working.

Have agenda topics with time limits.  Agendas in advance, always. This helps introverts. Have start, end, and topic time limits. Meeting leader and participants all manage the time. 

Decide how to decide.  Are people being asked for input, or do they have authority to make the decision? If they do own the decision, how do they decide among options? The decision process will vary by agenda topic:
  • Command: Decision is already made; team is being informed. Team has to implement. 
  • Consult: Input requested; identify/evaluate options, but no decision.
  • Vote: Team decides among options. "Voting favors efficiency over dialogue, so it only works when all team members feel they can support whichever option wins."
  • Consensus: Talk until everyone honestly agrees to one decision. Consensus is appropriate only when dealing with a) High-stakes and complex issues, or b) Issues where everyone must support the final choice.
Hold each other accountable. Don't rely exclusively on the meeting leader; remind people about ground rules.

Here's to better meetings.

And here's the article  Click here
A Way to Focus on Gratitude  

     Nataly Kogan ( blogged a story about a stressful time where she was about to lose her cool (perhaps even her life), but she played a game called IMAGINE LIFE WITHOUT THIS
     By asking herself to IMAGINE LIFE WITHOUT THIS she was able to feel gratitude for several things that were currently annoying her. Not only did she calm herself down, but it helped calm others around her too. I love this technique!
     I'm lifting this right out of her blog because I think it's so important to remember a few things when it comes to gratitude.
"Gratitude doesn't ask that we delight in every moment of our lives. It doesn't require us to make everything okay or to turn negative into positive. It doesn't make us deny our feelings of stress or frustration. Gratitude simply asks that while we allow ourselves to feel what we feel we also don't take for granted the many miracles that make our daily experience possible, that we zoom in on what we appreciate within what might be going wrong."

Her story is a good one. Here's her blog     Click Here  

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