Posts tagged: humility

Beyond the Rockstar Paradigm, Part II

Years ago, I blogged that social movement leadership needed to live into models that do not solely hinge on a single, visionary, rockstar leader.
One of TWI’s core partners, Building Movement Project, recently shared some key learning about their commitment to co-leadership.  Many of the points Frances makes resonate strongly with us, in particular the importance …   Read more

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Beyond The Bounded Grounds

How can I take my “retreat self” home, to live & breathe beyond the bounded grassy grounds of the retreat center?
I’ve just returned from the IDEX Academy, which brought a globally sourced faculty together with U.S. based donors/philanthropists to cultivate creative, collaborative, culturally competent ways to up-end inequality through giving (locally and globally).
During our last circle, someone …   Read more

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Relationship Building As A Measure of Impact

By John Esterle(The following can also be found on Beth Kanter’s blog, as a guest post from John.)One of the themes raised up as the GEO/Monitor Institute conference came to an end was the importance of trust and relationship building in networks. Indeed, that was my theme for the day given that I facilitated a couple of morning conversations on that topic and then in the afternoon heard Ify Mora from the Barr Foundation (http://www.barrfoundation.org/) talk about how they use social network mapping to capture the relationships that have been built through their innovative Fellows Program. So, as I leave …   Read more

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PEAK Philanthropy: A Hierarchy of Needs Pyramid for Foundation Giving

By CJ Callen Abraham Maslow has hit the big time in the world of business – whether you are talking about the industries of articulate, design or hospitality. Recently, I was moved to read Chip Conley’s PEAK: How Great Companies Get their Mojo from Maslow. This is a great and heartfelt exploration of how Conley translated Maslow into his business context: building and running a hotel business called JDV Hospitality. The book is a powerful reminder of the primacy of relationships. In it, Conley introduces the concept of the “relationship truths” and creates pyramids for each of his company’s key …   Read more

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What's the Value in Following Rather Than Leading?

By John EsterleHow do we make following sexy? This question has stayed with me since Katherine Fulton, President of The Monitor Institute, posed it a few days ago at the Annual Meeting of Northern California Grantmakers. It probably stuck because I think it’s an important question to address if more foundations are to move in the kind of collaborative, networked ways Fulton advocated.If we’re honest, when many of us (I include myself here) think of collaboration we tend to think in terms of getting others to support what we’re doing: our idea, our initiative, our grantee. Our initial orientation isn’t usually the other way around. Yet, as funders, if we’re to operate cooperatively with the kind of “ecosystem” …   Read more

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