Change Convos monthly top picks: 5 links we loved May 2016

 

With the trees in full leaf on the hillsides, lush and green are the signs of May in Vermont. Abundance is an apt term for the fodder published last month for thinkers and leaders of change too. Here, ICYMI, are our top picks from what we were reading (and watching) in May.

Posted by Pat Heffernan on 6/2/16 1:00 PM

Change Convos monthly top picks: 5 links we loved in April

 

April showers found us seeking a higher proportion of fresh, new and fun links than our usual mix of substantive fodder for serious thinkers and change makers. Here, ICYMI, are our top picks from what we were reading (and watching) in April.

 

Posted by Pat Heffernan on 5/5/16 10:00 AM

5 Tips to Foster Motivation in Your Organization


 

study conducted by Harvard Business Review about inner work life and performance found people are more productive and creative when their work lives are positive. It is probably no surprise to you to hear employees are more motivated when they are happy with the work they produce and when they have a positive view of the organization they work for. But how do you translate values, ideals and beliefs into action to motivate your team and grow your socially responsible organization? How do you take a concrete set of shared values and create a workplace enviroment that will foster motivation day in and day out?

Posted by Guest Blogger on 4/21/16 8:00 AM

Change Convos monthly top picks: 5 links we loved in March

 

Spring has been doggedly stubborn about arriving this year. The rollercoaster weather finds us swapping winter coats for garden rakes within a twenty-four hour period. Our five favorite posts for change makers and communicators reflect the wild swings of the season with a touch of green mixed in with high-voltage transmission lines and an experiment in storytelling. Here, ICYMI, are our top picks from what we were reading in March.

Posted by Pat Heffernan on 4/7/16 1:28 PM

Change Convos monthly top picks: 5 links we loved in February

 

It’s just about sugaring season — the annual Vermont ritual when the sweet sap of Sugar Maples warms and runs out of the taps, a time for learning about the sugaring process to see where maple syrup comes from. Our five favorite posts for change makers and communicators taps into a sweet mix of subjects. Here, ICYMI, are our top picks from what we were reading in February.

Posted by Pat Heffernan on 3/3/16 10:00 AM

Change Convos monthly top picks: 5 links we loved in January

 

This is a little bit of a cheat because our five favorite posts for change makers and communicators were actually published over a six-week period rather than a month. But we’re guessing that like many of us, you missed a few things between the end of 2015 and the start of the new year. So this is your first not-to-miss ICYMI for 2016.

Posted by Pat Heffernan on 2/4/16 6:09 PM

Change Convos Monthly top picks: 5 links we loved in October

 

Let's recap our five favorite posts for change makers and communicators from around the web in October. As if to keep up with the vibrant colors of fall foliage, the web offered a wealth of captivating posts last month, which made narrowing down to five monthly top picks an unusual challenge. And read on to discover the top stories from right here on the Change Conversations blog.

Posted by Pat Heffernan on 11/5/15 10:00 AM

Change Convos monthly top picks: 5 links we loved in August

 

Even in Vermont it can get sizzling hot as summer ends, but thankfully cooler evening temperatures return just as the annual back-to-school/work/reality rituals begin. To help you re-enter after summer vacation, here are our monthly top picks from around the web in August, and stick around to check out the top five stories from here on the Change Conversations blog.

 

Posted by Pat Heffernan on 9/7/15 10:00 AM

Change Convos monthly top picks: 5 links we loved in July

 

Summer in Vermont is chock full of outdoor distractions, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out. To help you catch up, here are our monthly top picks from around the web in July, plus the top five stories from here on the Change Conversations blog.

 

Posted by Pat Heffernan on 8/3/15 10:00 AM

Change Convos Monthly Top Picks: 5 links we loved in June

 

It’s summertime in Vermont. Time for sunny days and warm weather. And time to catch up with friends over a great meal for lively conversation. Here are our monthly top picks for conversation starters this month — a recap our five favorite links from around the web in June. And read on to discover the top five stories from here on the Change Conversations blog.

 

Posted by Pat Heffernan on 7/2/15 1:30 PM

Collaborating for Social Good? Try these 7 useful tools

 

Large-scale social change requires a lot of collaboration—with multiple nonprofits, values-led businesses, and public agencies. And the bigger and bolder your goal, the more likely your broad cross-sector, public-private partnership includes organizations with widely disparate resources and technical skills. Collaborating for social good isn’t easy!

Effectively collaborating for social good requires key players have the ability to review, comment on, find and act on an enormous amount of material[1]. And everyone involved wants that information to be easily accessible, readable, and actionable on a 24/7 basis, regardless of their hardware, internal protocols or staff skill levels. I’ve found web-based software tools can bridge geographic and technical distances and unite collaborators for collective impact. Here are my favorite 7 useful tools — and why they work.

Posted by Pat Heffernan on 6/8/15 10:00 AM

Is Your Communication Bias-Free and Inclusive?

Think your communication is always bias-free?

Think that you are equally respectful, inclusive and welcoming with a diverse range of people — those similar to you and those who are different — women, men and transgender people, different nationalities and ethnicities, LGBT community members, varying age groups and even socioeconomic levels?

Think again.

Posted by Pat Heffernan on 5/18/15 11:45 AM

How to Grow Your Own Triple Bottom Line Marketers

 

Skills can be taught; values cannot.” That old saying rings true, but growing your own skilled marketers takes lots of time, energy and money. That’s why I, like most small and midsize business owners (SMBs), look to bring in skilled talent when the workload suddenly swells. Nowhere is this more likely then when you’re seeking an in-demand skill like inbound marketing. It’s a challenge to add versatile inbound skills to a triple bottom line values match, so I‘m delighted by a new option. Whether you’re hiring or you simply want to offer valuable choices for your existing marketing team and interns, here’s how you can grow your own triple bottom line marketers.

Posted by Pat Heffernan on 5/4/15 10:00 AM

How to Create Change for Good with SMART Goals

 

You’re not Alice. You couldn’t be more different. You want to create mission-driven change, to change minds, motivate action, build a movement. You're not like Alice…

"Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?"

"That depends a good deal on where you want to get to," said the Cat.

"I don’t much care where--" said Alice.

Posted by Pat Heffernan on 4/13/15 10:00 AM