Monday, 26th June 2017.

The Director's Viewpoint

Updates, insights, and observations from our Executive Director, Chris Wignall


Posted on Monday, 26th June 2017 by chris wignall

I am wrong about a great many things. That is one of the most fundamental things I believe to be true. It serves as a much needed reminder to me that my assumptions, educated guesses, hunches, and intuition are all vulnerable to error and I had better be humble and cautious about my views. That […]

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Posted on Monday, 5th June 2017 by chris wignall

Effective leaders seem to have a knack for being a couple steps ahead of things. They spend a significant amount of their time and energy in the future, anticipating and preparing for opportunities and challenges that others haven’t yet imagined. With an almost prophetic sense of what is to come, leaders are quietly working behind […]

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Posted on Friday, 12th May 2017 by chris wignall

The concept of loyalty has been very receiving a lot of attention the last few days. At risk of stating the obvious, and understanding that we can all benefit from coming back to basics once in a while; here are the elementary principles of loyalty and leadership. Loyalty to the cause > Loyalty to the […]

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Posted on Tuesday, 9th May 2017 by chris wignall

Catalyst’s new Partners Leadership Program is the culmination of 9+ years of actively working with charities across Canada and internationally to grow their leadership for greater impact in their fields. I brings together the very best of what we have learned in funding, coaching, consulting, and walking alongside charity leaders. We are now actively recruiting […]

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Posted on Friday, 5th May 2017 by chris wignall

Who do you turn into under stress?   For many leaders that answer varies according to the type and amount of stress. Up to a point stress brings out the best in us. It brings greater focus, draws on our competitive instincts, and fires us up to take on the challenge, whatever it may be. […]

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Posted on Monday, 1st May 2017 by chris wignall

As part of the application to our new Catalyst Partners Leadership Program interested charities submit a 3-5 year Organizational Leadership Plan. For some this is a document they have at the ready and can simply convert to pdf and add to their application. But for the majority a leadership plan is little more structured than […]

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Posted on Thursday, 2nd February 2017 by chris wignall

I’ve never seen so many protests, rallies, and calls for activism. In recent weeks I’ve had conversations with leaders trying to discern how to respond to ethical issues within their organizations as well as political ones in broader society. The specific concerns are different, but the heart of the matter is “When should a leader […]

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Posted on Tuesday, 31st January 2017 by chris wignall

There is always more good stuff to do than time, energy, capacity or resource to do it all. This is as true for individual leaders as for organizations. We spend a lot of time managing information and opportunities that may never come to fruition, and often feel overwhelmed by the sheer volume of what we […]

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Posted on Thursday, 26th January 2017 by chris wignall

Leadership is powerful. Many leaders are able to draw us into greater action and more radical passion than we could ever generate on our own. That is both the wonder and the danger of leadership. But we sometimes seem to forget that the power held by leadership actually comes from the followers. The old axiom goes: […]

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Posted on Monday, 23rd January 2017 by chris wignall

This past Saturday a historically massive event occurred. The Women’s March on Washington expanded to more than 600 gatherings in more than one hundred nations, with an untold number of participants who were united in their call for equality, opportunity, and justice for women and marginalized people across the United States and beyond. Or were […]

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