Tag: Strategic Planning
Facilitating Strategic Planning Program – A Free Webinar Training Series for (Not-For-Profit) Organizations
A Free Webinar Training Series For (Not-For-Profit) Organizations This train-the-trainer series is designed for organizations to gain valuable skills and tools to facilitate their own strategic planning. Based on the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs’ Strategic Planning Resource manual, this step-by-step interactive webinar series will help organizations improve their effectiveness, strengthen their volunteer…
Strategic Planning is a Great way to Keep your Organization on Track.
Strategic planning should be embedded into the regular operation of any organization. It helps organizations make sound decisions to guide its activities over time. OMAFRA has partnered with the Ontario Business Improvement Areas Association (OBIAA) to deliver a free program to build organizational capacity using the Strategic Planning Train-the-Trainer (TTT) program. The program engages and…
Teeny Tiny Summits Create a Big Impact!
Small communities have particular needs and assets when it comes to building strong economies. This was the topic of conversation at the June 28-29 Teeny Tiny Summits, which drew over 200 volunteers, staff, local councillors, and support organizations. Participants were treated to an inspiring dialogue with keynote speaker Peter Kenyon, a social capitalist and community…
What Running Has Taught Me About Setting Goals
I enjoy running … most of the time. To help stay motivated I sign up for races. Without a race to train toward it’d be easy to skip runs on cold-rainy days. This year, surrounded by 15,0000 other runners, I ran the Ottawa half-marathon, for the second time. Races are wonderful motivators, they are hard,…
Chairing Effective Board Meetings
Meetings are an essential part of conducting the business of any board or organization. Meetings provide the forum for discussion and making decisions on programs and initiatives. Having a structure for running meetings will minimize distractions (i.e. participants talk off topic, monopolize discussion time, have difficulty making decisions or fail to respect the contributions of…
Be an Effective Leader
Anyone can become an effective leader with the willingness to learn and practice the necessary skills. Everyone has a unique set of competencies, life experiences, and values that they bring to any situation. These competencies are the building blocks for making a good leader. The role of a leader is to inspire and guide people…
Ways Communities Can Support and Attract Youth in Rural Ontario
There are a number of exciting initiatives currently under way that look to answer some of the questions mentioned in part one of this series, and kick start discussion around youth engagement in rural communities.
Let Analyst Data Help Make Your Economic Development Decisions Easier
I’m finding that with the Olympics taking place, there is a lot of talk about global economic trends and the potential financial impacts making the rounds at the local coffee shop. Will your community be affected? You might be thinking “How can I get started on answering this question and still get away from the…
The Importance of Supporting and Attracting Youth in Rural Ontario
Supporting, engaging, attracting and retaining youth in rural communities is increasingly the “talk of the town” amongst governments, communities, and concerned citizens across Ontario. Rural communities across Ontario have been seeing a net outmigration of youth (between the ages of 15-29) for years. Much of the outmigration of youth from these communities can be attributed…
Resolving Conflict in Your Organization
Conflict is a normal and healthy part of our lives, when properly managed. We all need conflict in our lives, as it is an opportunity for us to test limits and set new boundaries. But when differences of opinion are not constructively managed, they can escalate into big problems around boardroom tables. Conflict can cause…