Leadership

A free, ready-made, expert training course for your NFP’s managers, direct from the experts at Google

Most NFP organisations realise just how important having great managers is to the success of their organisation – and they should also have a pretty good idea of what makes a great manager.

So the goal is clear. But as a senior leader or HR manager, how do you get your organisation and its managers to that point?

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Google spent 10 years researching what makes a great manager. They found these 10 things

Research shows that managers matter. Employee engagement is linked to productivity, quality (fewer errors), lower turnover, less absenteeism and theft, and fewer safety incidents; and guess what: 70% of employee engagement is accounted for by team managers.

In 2008, Google set out to understand why managers are so important, and what makes a good manager.

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10 steps for NFP leaders to create a mentally healthy workplace

As a manager, you play a critical role in creating a mentally healthy workplace. This is through the people you directly supervise, and as a leader influencing others within your business. Your staff, in particular, will look to you for leadership, guidance and support. Whether or not your workplace currently sees mental health as a priority, there are many things you can do as a manager to contribute.

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A free course in story-telling, for leaders in purpose-driven organisations

Far from being a soft, touchy-feely skill, neuroscience has shown that storytelling is a one of the most powerful tools a leader has. A great storyteller can weave a story that allows her to enter the minds of colleagues and change what they feel, to change what they think, to influence how they act.

Which is why the +Acumen platform is offering NFP leaders the chance to learn storytelling for free!

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Five valuable things we learned at the 2018 Not-For-Profit People Conference

The Not-For-Profit People Conference is done for another year. And what a couple of days it was! The atmosphere was electric; the speakers inspiring; and the delegates’ enthusiasm was contagious.

It’s difficult to hand-pick the key takeaways from the conference – there were so many with 36 speakers and 23 sessions – so here are our top five based on the top issues facing people managers in NFPs today.

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The 10 design principles that could make you a better leader

design thinking and design leadership

The growing popularity of “design thinking” shows just how much leaders at all levels can learn from designers.

A “design mindset” can give a leader a clear thinking or problem-solving process that works well with everyone from family members to a community, or whole organisation.

Leaders with a design mindset “paint” the way forward with colourful, wide brushes to ensure a diverse range of perspectives.

The trick is knowing which aspect of our thinking processes to listen to at which time. Is it time to converge on an idea or action? Or is it time to diverge to create more options?

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