It perhaps goes without saying that for charitable organisations, the modern world is one of multitudinous challenges. In an environment of funding cuts, greater public scrutiny and political instability, charities are having to think more creatively and prove more resilient than ever before.
In organisations that often have deep rooted historical values, finding innovative pathways forward can be challenging. It also brings with it great opportunities, however: chances to redress strategy, develop offerings and streamline services.
Through this edition of CANVAS, we explore the often-complex balancing act that leaders must master in order to ensure their organisations’ relevance in a modern world whilst staying true to the core values. While innovation seems to be the order of the day, it is more important than ever that this is underpinned by a commitment to good governance.
“While innovation seems to be the order of the day, it is more important than ever that this is underpinned by a commitment to good governance.”
As she reflects on her time so far as Chair of The Children’s Society, we speak to Janet Legrand about the dramatic shift in strategic direction the charity has made during her tenure. Janet talks about the challenges faced by an organisation founded in the 19th century as it carves its way in the 21st, and the importance of maintaining good governance especially in times of change.
Also in this edition, Business Psychologist Cassandra Woolgar explores the complexities of making multiple senior appointments and the considerations that should be taken to establish solid working relationships. In our Team Insight section, we get to know Saxton Bampfylde Partner and Researcher, Máillie McQuaid, as she shares her insights into where to get the best coffee in Seattle.
Partner, Head of Social Impact Practice, Saxton Bampfylde
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