The Canadian Charitable Sector in COVID-19 and beyond

In this podcast, we connect with the Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector, through its charitable sector co-chairs, Bruce MacDonald, President & CEO of Imagine Canada, and Hilary Pearson, former President of Philanthropic Foundations of Canada. We hear about what they are seeing in the charitable sector – both what COVID-19 has caused [...]

By |2020-05-28T08:37:22-04:00May 28th, 2020|Categories: Leadership, Podcast, Strategy|0 Comments

Impact and Strategic Clarity Community of Practice: COVID-19 Notes from the field

There is no roadmap, it all seems so overwhelming, but you are doing it, you ARE managing the crisis! We’re fortunate to be part of a group of nine inspiring women coaches working with the McConnell Foundation in the Innoweave Impact and Strategic Clarity Coaches’ Community of Practice.  Many members of this small group have [...]

By |2020-05-21T12:28:43-04:00May 21st, 2020|Categories: Impact Clarity, Leadership, Strategy|0 Comments

Beyond Strategic Planning, Strategy is creating value, with Prof. Brent McKnight

In this episode, Lynn interviews Dr. Brent McKnight, Associate Professor in Strategic Management at McMaster University's DeGroote School of Business.   Brent characterizes strategy as being about creating value, whether at a for profit (business) or nonprofit organization. Having recently developed an undergraduate course in organizational strategy, Brent shares some early findings of applying [...]

By |2020-04-08T11:01:31-04:00February 26th, 2020|Categories: Podcast, Strategy|0 Comments

500 in Five, a new strategic plan for Youth Without Shelter

In this episode Lynn is joined by Steve Doherty, Executive Director, and Mike Burnett, Community Engagement and Education Specialist, from Youth Without Shelter in Etobicoke, ON. Steve and Mike detail the "500 in Five" Strategic Plan and all that went into its development. This includes the inclusion of lived voices from youth at [...]

By |2019-11-14T10:50:51-05:00November 14th, 2019|Categories: Evaluation, Impact Clarity, Measurement, Podcast, Strategy, Youth|0 Comments

Bold thinking on systems change in Canada, with Bill Young

In this episode of Impact Conversations, Bill Young, the founder of Social Capital Partners, joins Lynn to talk about creating impact in systems. Bill’s extensive business experience and social enterprise successes have given him some important insights about learning through experimentation, pivoting as ideas and opportunities present themselves, and trusting in management teams and their [...]

Strategic Planning for Impact

Often, organizations approach their strategic planning by asking their stakeholders for ideas about what the organization should focus on next, without thinking about the overall impact the organization hopes to have. Stakeholders often have great ideas about what is working well and what can be improved (the classic SWOT analysis) and employees and board members [...]

Workshop – Thinking Ahead: Making the Most of Your Strategic Planning Process

A day long training workshop with Lynn Fergusson, hosted by the Sustainability Network. We'll provide an overview of strategic planning and our approach to tying it to impact in a concrete, actionable and inspiring way. We’ll provide examples, then share tools and give you a chance to get your feet wet. You’ll get feedback from coaches [...]

By |2019-10-03T10:17:48-04:00September 30th, 2019|Categories: Events, Impact Clarity, News, Strategy|0 Comments

Clarifying your organization’s impact, with PolicyWise

In this episode, Lynn talks to members of the impact team at PolicyWise – a partnership between Alberta's universities, the community, and the government of Alberta – Cathie Scott, Chief Knowledge and Policy Officer; Jo-Louise Huq Organizational Innovation and Change Scientist, and Courtney Lundy, Business and Grants Manager.  Hear about their journey to [...]

By |2019-09-19T14:08:38-04:00September 19th, 2019|Categories: Impact Clarity, Podcast, Strategy|0 Comments