Don’t miss out: Applications close 18 October for the 2014 Sydney Leadership Program

Posted by Lauren Heyligers
2nd October 2013

Sydney Leadership program - Scholarships for NFP & Community leaders

If not you, then who? If not now, then when?

Sydney Leadership is a once-a-year leadership development opportunity for motivated and high talent leaders from business, government and community - people who want to make a difference in their world.

Combining the powerful Harvard Adaptive Leadership approach with direct learning in 'real-world' community settings, Sydney Leadership offers a learning experience like no other in Australia. This is a turning point program that will change how you work forever in just eight months. Learn to:

- understand and generate change on stubborn, complex programs;

- manage conflict, motivate and engage others to start working differently;

- shift the status quo and drive innovation in unexpected ways;

- open doors to new partnerships and collaborate across organisational and sector boundaries. MORE >

Announcement: Sydney Leadership 2014 scholarships

Posted by Lauren Heyligers
25th September 2013

Sydney Leadership program - Scholarships for NFP & Community leaders  

Leaders in the community and not-for-profit sector are invited to apply for a scholarship to participate in one of Australia’s most highly regarded leadership development programs in 2014.

The Sydney Leadership program is an annual, eight-month program that brings together a group of 30 leaders and emerging leaders from across the business, government and not-for-profit sectors to develop their skills to lead change with positive social impact. The program, which has run since 1999, has a reputation for providing a powerful learning experience with both immediate and long lasting impacts. Selection for the program – and for the scholarships – is competitive, but anyone with a real interest is encouraged to apply.

“This is an invitation for people with both the desire and the potential to make a real difference in their work,” said Geoff Aigner, Director of Social Leadership Australia. MORE >

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander leadership scholarships

Posted by Jo Singleton
12th September 2013

Social Leadership Australia—the leadership development centre at Australia’s first charity, The Benevolent Society— today announced $16,500 worth of scholarships for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander leaders to participate in the 2014 Sydney leadership program.

The Sydney Leadership 2014 scholarships will be awarded to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander leaders working in the NGO sector or in a significant community leadership role whose work, either directly or indirectly, is driving positive social change.

Sydney Leadership is an annual, eight-month program that brings together 30 leaders from the business, not-for-profit and government sectors. The program’s aim is to foster new leadership skills and a new determination to create positive social change.

Director of Social Leadership Australia, Geoff Aigner, said, “Sydney Leadership is building a coalition of people across Australian business, government and not-for-profit sectors with the skills and determination to make a lasting, positive impact in the community. These scholarships represent an opportunity for Indigenous Australian leaders, businesses and communities, to benefit from this powerful program.” MORE >

Evaluation: it's YOUR business - SVA Consulting Quarterly

Posted by Karen Prout
11th September 2013

SVA Consulting Quarterly Sept issue on Measurement & Evaluation features an interview with Tris Lumley, from New Philanthropy Capital in the UK, who calls on non-profit leaders to hold to and measure against clear goals.

He says that leaders need to be brave and stand by their goals and not be swayed by funders.

"It is up to the chief executive or the boards to say, ‘We need to do this stuff because it’s right, because we’re here to do the best job we possibly can for the people we are trying to help.'...

"There needs to be more focus on the brave leaders who are going to push this forward, who will communicate failures and what they’ve learnt from them, or turn down funding because it takes them away from their theory of change."


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Do you want to learn innovative techniques to effectively engage and facilitate groups?

Posted by Synergistiq
23rd July 2013

Learn and practice tools and strategies designed to engage diverse groups, team, communities and organisations in collaboration and learning.

This three day event (23 - 25 September 2013) is organised by Synergistiq in partnership with Melbourne Citymission and annecto.

To find out more about this exciting opportunity, and to register, please click here.

Do you want to learn innovative techniques to effectively engage and facilitate groups?

Posted by Synergistiq
23rd July 2013

Learn and practice tools and strategies designed to engage diverse groups, teams, communities and organisations in collaboration and learning.

This three day event (23 - 25 September 2013) is organised by Synergistiq in partnership with Melbourne Citymission and annecto.

For further information on this exciting opportunity, please click here.

Start Some Good

Posted by Stephen Couling
16th July 2013

Hi folks - here is a short video about a project with which I am involved.... doing important work. Project Australia is raising funds to publish a book to help Australia Not-For-Profit/Community groups Start, Scale and Sustain wonderful life changing projects. Can you help with a donation ? Go here : http://startsomegood.com/handbook

Run City2Surf for The Benevolent Society

Posted by Wendy Wilson
19th June 2013

Help The Benevolent Society raise funds to support disadvantaged children by running, jogging or walking for us as a Gold Charity participant in this year's City2Surf. As a Gold Charity participant you'll receive entry into the world's largest run, a start place in the Gold Zone which is just behind the elite and red start runners, a Benevolent Society team shirt and cap, a gold bib, fundraising support from a friendly team plus the knowledge that you are making positive change in children's lives.The race is on Sunday 11th August 2013.

We ask our charity runners to work to a $1,000 per person fundraising goal, which we can help and support you with. If you already registered to run you can still run and fundraise with us. For more information contact Wendy Wilson on wendy.wilson@benevolent.org.au , 02 82623563 or Anita Howell anita.howell@benevolent.org.au, 02 82623543. Ready to run, jog or walk? Find out how at www.benevolent.org.au/city2surf

2014 Fulbright Scholarship in Non-Profit Leadership - applications open now

Posted by Lauren Heyligers
30th May 2013

Are you an emerging not-for-profit sector leader? Are you working to extend the reach of your organisation's work and broaden the impact of the NFP sector at large? Do you want to undertake a program of research and/or professional development in the United States?

The 2014 Fulbright Scholarship in Non-Profit Leadership, sponsored by the Origin Foundation and supported by the Australian Scholarship Foundation is now open for applications. The scholarship provides an opportunity for an emerging leader in the NFP space to undertake a 3-4 month professional development program or research in United States.

Valued at $36,000, the scholarship provides an exceptional opportunity for personal and professional development and broader impact through research, experiential learning or management training at an approved U.S. institution or charitable organisation. MORE >

Leaders everywhere - Management writer and academic Gary Hamel talks about sharing power and informal authority as the key to success

Posted by Anonymous
23rd May 2013


Leaders everywhere: A conversation with Gary Hamel

The management writer and academic explains why he believes companies that empower and train people at all levels to lead can create competitive advantage.

The latest M-Prize challenge, co-sponsored by Gary Hamel’s Management Innovation eXchange (MIX), Harvard Business Review, and McKinsey, asks managers to submit examples of how their organizations are empowering and training individuals to lead even when they lack formal authority. In this video, Professor Hamel discusses why he believes it is vital for companies to “syndicate the work of leadership” across the organization, to redistribute power, and to change the role of the top team. This interview was conducted by McKinsey Publishing’s Simon London. What follows is an edited transcript of Hamel’s remarks. MORE >

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