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Spotting passive-aggressive behaviours and its impact on effective teams

Passive-aggressive behaviour is a subtle yet detrimental issue that can significantly affect team dynamics and overall workplace productivity. Anyone managing a team or even an individual needs to recognise and address this behaviour promptly to maintain a healthy and efficient work environment. Having had to address this in a number of teams I thought I would explore how to...


Unlocking the Essence of Social Entrepreneurship

In the dynamic landscape of business, there are entrepreneurs who are driven not solely by profit margins but by a profound sense of social responsibility. So, what exactly defines a social entrepreneur or enterprise? According to the School for Social Entrepreneurs, these visionary individuals or entities operate in an entrepreneurial manner. Yet, their primary aim is to serve the...


The Intrinsic Value of Unpaid Charity Trustees: A Pillar of Integrity, Accountability, and Mission-driven Leadership

In the Third Sector, the role of charity trustees is pivotal, guiding organisations towards their missions and ensuring accountability. One notable aspect of this role is that most charity trustees serve without financial compensation. There is profound significance in unpaid charity trusteeship, manifold benefits in fostering integrity, accountability, and mission-driven leadership. Unpaid trustees uphold the values of altruism, preserve...


How to improve your annual report - Charity Digital

When Denise Atkins asked me about annual reports, I was happy to share some of my thoughts on how charities, particularly small and under-resourced ones, can make the most of the opportunity the reports give to engage with multiple audiences on multiple occasions. Here is the article she wrote for Charity Digital. We look at some tips and tricks to help...


The Crucial Role of Sound Charity Governance in Fundraising Success

For most charities, effective fundraising is the lifeblood that enables them to fulfil their missions and make a positive impact on society. However, successful fundraising is not merely about implementing appealing campaigns or leveraging the latest marketing strategies; it is deeply intertwined with the foundations of sound charity governance. Governance plays a pivotal role in fundraising efforts and contributes...


Creating Effective Board Meeting Minutes for Charity Trustee Boards

Effective board meeting minutes are an essential tool for charity trustee boards. These documents not only serve as a record of the board's decisions and discussions but also play a crucial role in ensuring transparency, accountability, and legal compliance. When done correctly, board meeting minutes can be a valuable resource for trustees, staff, donors, and regulators. I have seen some...


Understanding the Role of a Charity Trustee: A Guide for Charity Staff

Introduction Charities play a vital role in addressing a wide range of social, environmental, and humanitarian issues. Behind the scenes, dedicated individuals, known as charity trustees, are instrumental in guiding and overseeing these organisations. In this article, we will explore the important role of a charity trustee and how their responsibilities affect the work of charity staff. What is a...


The Dangers of Not Putting Theory into Practice

Theory is the foundation of knowledge. It provides a framework for understanding the world around us and solving problems. However, theory is only useful if it is put into practice. When we fail to put theory into practice, we miss out on its many benefits. Here are some of the dangers of not putting theory into practice: We may make...