Tuesday, 25th July 2017.

The Director's Viewpoint

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


Posted on Monday, 10th July 2017 by chris wignall

Several years ago my wife and young children bought me a beat up old canoe for Father’s Day. As far as we can tell, it was probably built in the 1930’s or 40’s and it has the scars to show. Between some rotted wood, a persistent leak, and some damage to the seats I haven’t […]

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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, 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 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, 12th January 2017 by chris wignall

Follow though is my nemesis. My whole life I’ve been able to generate ideas that have excited me and engaged others. I’m a great starter. Of course, a great start does not make a great result. Actually delivering on the potential of my initiatives has haunted me for far too long. I have a severely […]

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Posted on Monday, 15th August 2016 by chris wignall

Last week I set aside two days to take in a simulcast of the Global Leadership Summit from Willow Creek. The is a highly respected international event; I enjoy it and appreciate what Willow Canada is doing to maximize the rich inspiration and solid content. At an event like this I’m expecting to go away […]

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Posted on Wednesday, 2nd July 2014 by chris wignall

In 2005 prominent economist Jeffrey Sachs released his book The End of Poverty. It articulated his conviction that a massive short term increase in foreign aid and philanthropic giving could eliminate the deepest poverty in the African continent forever. A network of Millennium Villages were launched to pioneer his model with fanfare and great confidence. […]

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Posted on Thursday, 20th February 2014 by chris wignall

What’s the optimum emotional mindset for a leader today? Something like this: That’s me (left) and my brother in law Marc last spring at the start of my first ever bike race. I could post a finish line picture, but it was a little uglier. When I look back at the picture today I notice […]

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Posted on Wednesday, 8th January 2014 by chris wignall

Every organization is trying to stretch dollars, and with the pressure to keep “overhead” rates as low as possible (don’t get me started), finding ways to get more value from every investment in your people is both strategically and politically important. As a funder who supports leadership development, I’ve noticed a few simple ways that […]

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Posted on Monday, 16th December 2013 by chris wignall

One of my favourite fiction writers is Douglas Adams, best known for his five part Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy trilogy. (Yes it is a five part trilogy, that’s the most logical thing about it actually). Among the most memorable ideas in that series is something called the “Somebody Else’s Problem Field”. It’s described this […]

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