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PQASSO rebranded as Trusted Charity

With immediate effect NCVO has renamed PQASSO to Trusted Charity with the PQASSO Quality Mark becoming known as the Trusted Charity Mark. It is probably true that the public’s trust in charities is much lower than it has been, and NCVO believes that achieving a...

NLP Practitioner Status

I am very pleased to announce that after nine months of training, under the exellent guidance of Kim Phillips (Integral NLP), the International NLP Trainers Assocation (INLPTA) have awarded me certified practitioner status. I was amused to note from the certificate...

Cautious Optimism in latest NCVO Charity Poll Forecast

The recent NCVO charity poll have just been published. The highlights, provided by NCVO are: Here’s a quick snapshot from the results:Do you expect your organisation to increase or decrease expenditure over the next 12 months? (results are sorted by organisational...

PQASSO Mentor License Renewed

I am very pleased to announce that following three days if intensive NCVO training in Nottingham and taking the examination, NCVO have renewed my PQASSO Mentor license. This means that I can continue offering support to charities with their PQASSO self assessments.

Re-envisioning the future

Many of us in the VCS are concerned about the future; where will we get our funding from, will we be able to continue delivering services to our clients, will we survive? When the future seems bleak, it can help to re-envision the future; to me this is really about...

2014 Charity Pulse Survey

The 2014 Charity Pulse staff survey, "Reasons to be cheerful", carried out by Birdsong Charity Consulting for Third Sector, shows clear indications of improvement over the past 12 months. The annual Charity Pulse survey seeks to measure staff satisfaction across the...

Collaboration

To collaborate or compete: that is the question. An African proverb goes something like If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. It's a competitive world when it comes to ever decreasing funding, short term contracts and the need for...

Assess your Impact Practice

At an event today, attended by Nick Hurd (the Minister for Civil Society), two new impact measurement tools were launched by the Inspiring Impact coalition. The first is called Measuring up and is an on-line self assessment tool. It is intended to be used by...

10 Top Tips for an effective Board

I delivered a training course for GAVCA on Wednesday this week entitled "10 Top Tips for an effective Board". I identified the 10 tips from my experience as a trustee and from talking to CEOs. The Charity Commission, identify an effective board as one of their Six...

The Learning Ladder

The Four Steps of Learning – The Learning Ladder I read an excellent book last year Connectome by Sebastian Seung, Professor of Computational Neuroscience and Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. There was, at least for me, an unexpected quote in the...

Unnecessary worry

Worry can negatively impact our professional, social and private lives. I have been challenged recently to view life more positively and to look for "the wonder" in everyday experiences wherever I find myself. Thinking about this brought back a memory of a little...

The acts of the apostles

I recently came across a quote by Og Mandino that went: “I have never heard anything about the resolutions of the apostles, but a good deal about their acts.” It got me thinking why that might be apart from the obvious fact that there is a book in The Bible called the...

The Wheel of Life

There are a number of versions of the 'wheel of life' that I want to mention. The first is the bhavacakra, an instructional figure in Buddhism. It is a symbolic representation of the cycle of existand found on the outside walls of Tibetan and Indian temples and...

Active Listening

Just like the previous blog about asking questions was applicable beyond the context of coaching, so is this blog on listening. In fact I would suggest that effective listening is one of the most important skills anyone can develop but, in many cases, we learn bad...

How to help your client GROW

A coach has a number of tools at his disposal. Perhaps one of the most popular is the GROW model, a simple yet powerful framework for structuring a coaching session. GROW is an acronym standing for Goal – Reality – Options – Will. Here are some practical tips for...

Introducing my first guest blogger

I am delighted to announce that Steve Rowbotham has agreed to write a series of guest blogs giving down to earth, practical advice on surviving change. This will initially be a series of ten blogs, but I would not be surprised if it developed into more. Expect Part I...

Without a vision …

Without a vision ... King Solomon once said that "without a vision the people perish". And more recently George Washington Carver observed that "where there is no vision, there is no hope". As someone who has been involved in strategy development for many years these...

As easy as ABCD

ABCD Talking recently with Hazel Lonsdale, CEO of Third Sector Services in Cheltenham, I was reminded of how important acronyms are in any sphere of work. Take ABCD for example. Is it the first four letter of the alphabet or (a bit more than) the lyrics of a very old...

Join in Local Sport

Join in Local Sport Are you being inspired by the Olympics? Do you wish we could do better. Do you think sport has an important role to play in building communities? If so then there is a fantastic opportunity coming up soon. On 18/19 August, Join in Local Sport is...

Quality Research

Quality Research Thanks to Anastasia of the Charities Evaluation Services, I recently came across some research conducted by Ellie Brodie and Georgina Anstey (NCVO) with Tim Vanson (Office of Public Management) and Richard Piper (NCVO) entitled Quality Assurance in...

Barrie is now a licensed PQASSO Mentor

PQASSO Mentor I am very pleased and proud to announce that on 21st June 2012, which co-incidentally is one of my daughters' birthday, the Charities Evaluation Services (CES) informed me that I had passed the PQASSO Mentor exams and have therefore been licensed by CES...