On Being a Leader: A Leadership 2020 Update

This week’s Federation update is coming to you from our Director of Programs and Services, Rebecca Ataya-Lang, who is overseeing the Leadership 2020 program. A simple but powerful question Those of you who are history buffs will know that Helen of Troy was famously described by the playwright and poet Ch ...Read More

Project Management Basics

While many project management approaches vary, the components are essentially the same. A project generally has four phases: Initiation, Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation. Within each of these, there are specific areas to attend to and document. But they all contribute to the biggest benefit of using a project managemen ...Read More

Announcing the Apprentice Circle

For as long as I have held this role, The Federation has always understood the value of trying new things. It’s how we approach many of our programs and services—our conferences, or member engagement, our research, and our leadership development program: Leadership 2020. This open-minded, innovative approach to our work ...Read More

Leadership 2020 Newsletter: Leadership & Cultural Understanding

Over the past few years, much of my work has been informed by conversations with Wedlidi Speck a broad array of wise advisors about the concepts of cultural awareness, understanding, humility, agility and safety—trying to figure out ways to foster conditions that enhance cultural safety for I ...Read More

Leadership 2020 Newsletter: Leadership & Cultural Awareness

Over the past few years, Wedlidi Speck and I have been working together (and with a broad array of wise advisors) to unpack the concepts of cultural awareness, understanding, humility, agility and safety, and to figure out ways to foster conditions that enhance cultural safety for Indigenous ...Read More

Leadership 2020 Newsletter: Leadership by subtraction, not addition

– Submitted by a past Leadership 2020 participant  I often find that a lot of writing about leadership practices list all the things that leaders should do to be successful. But all that writing often contradicts each other—some say leaders should be assertive and outgoing, others ...Read More

Leadership 2020 Newsletter: Strategies for Learning from Failure

The wisdom of ‘learning from failure’ is essentially incontrovertible. Yet organizations that do it well are extraordinarily rare. But why? For many, this gap is not due to a lack of commitment to learning but due to thinking about failure the wrong way. Most people believe tha ...Read More

Leadership 2020 Newsletter: Leadership and Failure

– by Caitlin Frost, Leadership 2020 Hosting Team In order to really explore and create something new, we need to step out of certainty, try something different, and take some risks. In moments when we already know exactly how things will all turn out, then chances are we is not stretching very far ...Read More

Leadership 2020 Newsletter: Leaving a positive legacy

One way to support your successor is to build a strong, positive legacy while you are in your position. Hopefully, long before you depart, you will be able to focus on the legacy you want to leave. Whatever it is, your legacy will assist in providing continuity—especially if you can leave clear and h ...Read More

Leadership 2020 Newsletter: Knowledge transfer and succession planning

– by Annemarie Travers, Leadership 2020 Hosting Team At some point or another, we all leave our positions—we change roles, get a promotion, find a new job, or retire. And, during these transitions, we often focus on tidying up loose ends and preparing for the next thing instead of thinking about what (and wh ...Read More