Tools for Reflecting on Leadership

A Vision for Change Written by Caroline McAndrews With each new report BMP produces, we try to capture new and emerging data and share it with leaders in order to help spread learning and ideas for building strong organizations led in sustainable ways.  Sometimes, however, it’s not always easy to put those ideas into practice.  […]

Wise Fools

Written by Frances Kunreuther I went with trepidation. It was the second convening of Wise Fools – convened by Ginny McGinn at the Center for Whole Communities and Akaya Windwood from the Rockwood Leadership Institute.  The first time we met was last summer in Vermont. I hadn’t hesitated to accept the invitation when Akaya called. But as I […]

Planning for New Roles but Few Rules

Written by Frances Kunreuther It IS happening!  The older Boomers are starting to leave top roles in nonprofit organizations, and many more are thinking about what is next. Our latest report in the Life After Leadership Series, New Roles, Few Rules: Planning for Purpose Beyond Position is a much needed look at how these first wavers are creating pathways […]

Reflecting on Your Readiness to Leave

Written by Caroline McAndrews Since releasing The Leadership in Leaving, BMP has received many different responses, but one that we hear again and again is, “How do I know when it is the right time to leave?”  As the authors of the report point out, “Ending a long-term position can be one of the hardest leadership […]

Three Emergent Themes

Voice of the Poor, Trickle-Down Funding, Support for Leaders of Color Written by Frances Kunreuther Every six months, we spend four packed days with our Project Team to discuss the Building Movement Project work and direction, and to hear what our team members are seeing and thinking about in their everyday work. We always work hard in […]

Feminist Answers to Nonprofit Questions

Written by Sean Thomas-Breitfeld As Women’s History Month comes to a close, it seems like a good time to reflect on the debt that the not-for-profit sector owes to the leadership and courage of feminists. Sure, women make up nearly 75% of the nonprofit workforce, but that is not the reason that feminism is on my […]

On Learning How to Co-Lead

Written by Sean Thomas-Breitfeld When I joined the BMP staff eleven months ago, it was accepted as a natural next step in my career. It certainly didn’t raise any of the awkward questions that Frances and Caroline were being peppered with. While Frances had to explain that bringing me on wasn’t part of a succession plan and Caroline had to explain […]

So Long for Now

Written by Caroline McAndrews After nine years with the Building Movement Project, I will be leaving at the end of this month.  We’ve spent the last six months preparing for this as a staff and team and I couldn’t be more excited, although also sad to leave a place I love.  What many people I’ve […]

Co-Directorship – What Does it Mean?

Reflecting on Ten Months of Shared Leadership Written by Frances Kunreuther It wasn’t by chance that Sean and I became co-directors, but it was good luck. It didn’t take long to see how two heads are better than one (thanks Joni Mitchell) and that having a partner in the work upped our game.  But it also brought a reaction from […]

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