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Develop Your Board Leadership May 30, 2013

Filed under: Lead,LeadNOW,The Bridge — seattleworks @ 4:31 pm
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I am excited to officially announce that Seattle Works will be piloting a new training program: The Bridge 201

With the assistance of one of our Bridge faculty members, Julie Bianchi, we will be unveiling a new, innovative training that is specifically tailored for the Millennial style of learning.

What is it? 

From The Bridge, Spring 2013

The Bridge 201 is a 6-hour advanced training course that will equip emerging leaders currently serving on boards with the practical framework and practice to become adaptive board leaders. By weaving together a training model tailored to the millennial learning style, participants will be better prepared to engage in authentic leadership and activate tangible impact as board members.

When is it?

The pilot session will be Tue 6/25 & Thu 6/27 6-9pm at the Hearing, Speech & Deafness Center in Capitol Hill.

Who can take the training?

Anyone who is currently serving on a board of directors.

Are there going to be formal presentations and slide-decks?

I know how tired of this type of training we all might be, so we have kicked them out of the equation! Developing your leadership skills is about public learning, discussions and doing your homework. That’s why you’ll only see a one or two slides in the whole 6-hours you’ll be with us. This training is all about participation, bringing together problem-solvers who want to discuss together what works, doesn’t work and gaining insights from each other. Yes, there will be pre-reading to do before the training as well as some homework in between sessions! It won’t be anything like your trigonometry homework in though, I promise! (Sorry to any of you math lovers out there!)

What will I learn? 

Ah! I am so glad you asked! Here are the learning outcomes broken up by session:

Session 1

  • Define the essential characteristics and skills common to leaders and the key roles of board members.
  • Define adaptive leadership.
  • Identify adaptive leaders and technical and adaptive challenges  in your own experiences.
  • Define the three modes of governance.
  • Produce a list of key questions in each mode of governance that board members should ask about internal and external challenges.

Session 2

  • List the qualities of an adaptive organization and a culture of inquiry.
  • Demonstrate the adaptive leadership skill of thinking politically.
  • Use the three key activities of adaptive leadership and three modes of governance in a board room simulation to navigate a complex challenge.
  • Describe the barriers to adaptive leadership and how to overcome each one.
  • Share three next steps for how you will take what you learned back to your board.

From The Bridge at Microsoft, Winter 2013

The group will be guided by the fantastic Julie Bianchi, who has been working on this curriculum as part of her Master of Nonprofit Leadership thesis at Seattle University.

Yea, but how much does it cost?

Great question! The Bridge 201 will have a modest fee of only $95 for general registration and $70 for LeadNOW members.

Now, doesn’t that sound like a productive way to spend a Tue & Thur evening? I think so! Sign-Up today to take the next step in your leadership development!

 

Seattle Works Day – Over 4,000 Hours Invested in Our Community! May 29, 2013

Filed under: Seattle Works Day,Volunteer — seattleworks @ 4:50 pm
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In case you missed it, Seattle Works Day happened Saturday, May 18th and it. was. epic.  That’s right, I said it.

How many other Saturdays have had over 1,100 people spread all throughout Seattle volunteering? Not many!  And after all of that hard work, we celebrated the day with a great AfterParty at Seattle Center.

Team Something Clever     Team 206    AfterParty Fun!

Were you there? Did you think it was awesome? Or not… either way, we want your feedback so we can make it better for next year: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SWD2013Survey

Did you miss it?  We missed you. Pretend like you were there by scrolling through the 700+ photos: http://www.flickr.com/groups/swday2013/  See? Epic was not an overstatement.   If your photos from the day aren’t there, upload them so we can see them!

Want to relive it?  Our tagboard tells the story better than we can. http://tagboard.com/swday  What the heck is Tagboard you ask?  It’s one of the coolest things you’ll see all year.  Tagboard is a social engagement platform that tells everyone’s story of their Seattle Works Day experience and then aggregates it all into one place for us to share!  Huge shout out of thanks to the people at Tagboard for letting us see instagram photos, next to tweets, next to vine videos, next to snaps from our photo booth and so on! #hashtag aggregation #FTW

tagboard!

Pat yourselves on the back. In one day, together we accomplished:

  • 4,060 hours of volunteer service
  • 37 different projects impacted by the great work of volunteers! Everything from park restoration, to stuffing quarterly newsletters, to sorting books to create a new library at an elementary school.
  • Over $70,000 raised for Seattle Works so that we can continue to connect volunteers, develop emerging leaders and inspire dialogue all year long!

Incredible.

And now, what’s next?  We hope that Seattle Works Day inspired you to do something more for your community. That can look like whatever you care most about and whatever you have time for.  Maybe you want to volunteer a few more times this year, or maybe you’re going to help out your neighbor the next time you see them in a bind, or maybe you’re going to decide to learn more about one organization you care about and figure out how you can help them most.  Whatever it is, we hope you do it.

what did you do today?  what will you do next?

Do you wish you could do Seattle Works Day every month? Join Team Works now and it’s essentially a smaller scale Seattle Works Day one Saturday a month, June – September. Check out the different teams you can join and then sign up to meet new people, volunteer at different organizations and get further involved!

Team Works     Team Works

Seattle Works is here to get you connected. If you’re looking to take the first step (or even your next step) into community engagement, we’re here to help you do it!

Do Something.  www.seattleworks.org

 

Nick Peyton always says yes to Seattle Works May 27, 2013

Filed under: 10 Question Profile,Board of Directors — seattleworks @ 8:47 am
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1. Name: Nick Peyton

    Neighborhood: Capitol Hill

    Occupation: Fundraiser for Pacific Science Center

    Years in Seattle: 8.5

2. Where is your favorite place to go in Seattle?

Smith in Capitol Hill. Great food. Good drinks. Always an interesting crowd.

3. Your first interaction with Seattle Works was…?

I was invited to the 2007 SWANK auction by Amy Wales and sat at Lee Harper’s table. I tried my luck at the ring toss and was not very successful.

4. What’s the best meal you’ve eaten in the Seattle area?

The bone-in rib eye at the new Joule was amazing. I literally picked up the bone and started to gnaw it.

5. Are you involved with any other Seattle nonprofit organizations?

I volunteer with Puget Sound Grantwriters Association and help plan their annual conference. I am also a member of Northwest Development Officers Association.

6. Which coffee shop do you most frequent?

Victrola, the now not-so-secret Starbucks in Capitol Hill, the Starbucks in the Armory at Seattle Center, and Forza in Fisher Plaza. I was a regular at the Starbucks next to Swedish Hospital (Hi Jo and Patrick!).

7. What three words best describe your experience with Seattle Works?

Always say yes.

8. Mariners, Sounders, or Seahawks?

Sounders! 113 forever.

9.  What is your most (or first) memorable volunteer experience?

I volunteered on a bald eagle float trip this past January. It was amazing seeing more than 40 bald eagles while floating down the river on a very, very, cold morning.

10. What makes someone a Seattleite?

Always carrying an umbrella in your bag and never using it.

This weekly 10 question profile is Seattle Works way of highlighting and saying THANK YOU to all that our volunteers, leaders, community partners, board members, committee members, etc do for our community! We’re asking the same 10 questions to various Seattle Works participants as a fun way to feature the different ways to be involved with Seattle Works and in Seattle.

Want to be profiled? Fill out this survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5KP5CY3 and send a photo to yourself to Tomilyn at tomilyn@seattleworks.org

P.S. In case you’re interested, the inspiration behind these interviews comes from NY Mag’s weekly blog post.

 

Five Steps to Becoming a Better Leader May 22, 2013

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This is a guest post by Zach Jones; he can be reached at @thenutzack on twitter.

Being a great leader can be just as difficult as being a great team player. A leader should be someone the team can trust, look up to, and see as a source of encouragement. Without a strong leader, the team will be unable to work at their highest potential. Listed below are five easy steps which will help anyone turn into a great leader.

Be Passionate
Leaders are vital in encouraging the team, keeping enthusiasm high, and motivating everyone to set their best foot forward. In order to be these things and more, you as a leader need to be passionate about what you are working on. It sounds simple but you need to be genuinely passionate about the subject matter at hand as it is not something you can fake. When you are passionate about the project, you are naturally more knowledgeable in the topic and can work out frustrating situations with ease.

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Create A General Plan But Leave Out The Details
You need to be able to provide direction for the team, to focus their efforts towards the goal so they aren’t lead astray. If the project isn’t specific, allow everyone to choose their own path to the finish line. This way they can express their individuality and feel a sense of freedom with their work. The end result will always be a better product and you know it was due to your great team and leadership skills.

Listen and Respond to your Team Effectively

When your team knows you are a great listener and advisor, it makes everyone on the team feel more comfortable talking, not only to you, but one another. As a leader, you are someone they can rely on and trust.  How can they do that if they’re unable to communicate their thoughts? The key point is to listen, understand, and try to answer their questions and comments to the best of your ability.

Appreciate Those Around You
If you are able to show your appreciation, your team will be even more receptive towards contributing, helping, and sympathizing with the cause you are working for. If they understand that you appreciate how hard they are working, they will be willing to continue to work hard. Not only that, they will feel a sense of pride and achievement in all of their work.

Celebrate Achievements and Learn From Mistakes
Good work should be highlighted as much as mistakes and missteps should be discussed. It’s ideal to have no setbacks within a project but that’s never the case, it’s natural for mistakes to happen. What separates a good leader from a bad one is how they manage a less than ideal situation. A good leader should remain level headed and be able to analyze the problem at hand and an organizational leadership degree will help as well. On the flip side, a good leader should know how to recognize great work with open arms and genuine enthusiasm.

Interested in building your leadership skills? Check out our programs that do just that: HandsOn Leadership is a 12 hour volunteer leadership course and The Bridge gives you the skills you need to serve on a board or public commission.

 

Ben Peters knows which stadium has the best food May 20, 2013

Filed under: 10 Question Profile — seattleworks @ 9:01 am
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1. Name: Ben Peters

    Neighborhood: Capitol Hill

    Occupation: Program Manager at Microsoft

    Years in Seattle: 3

2. Where is your favorite place to go in Seattle?

I love Knee High Stocking Company. It’s great for drinks and meaningful conversation.

3. Your first interaction with Seattle Works was…?

Missing my first project ever:-p Don’t worry, it’s not a trend. But seriously, meeting my team on the second project, 2 years ago, was great.

4. What’s the best meal you’ve eaten in the Seattle area?

Sushi at Momiji. So many great options!

5. Are you involved with any other Seattle nonprofit organizations?

I was a Big Brother for a year at Big Brothers Big Sisters Puget Sound. I’m helping organize the first ever Seattle Hills Relay for Life.

6. Which coffee shop do you most frequent?

Stumptown on Pine.

7. What three words best describe your experience with Seattle Works?

Quality friends, beer

8. Mariners, Sounders, or Seahawks?

Mariners. I like baseball stadium food.

9.  What is your most (or first) memorable volunteer experience?

I love Marra Farms. It’s such a great organization, helping out the community and growing great veggies. It gives me a chance to garden, which is really nice since I only have a few plants in my apartment.

10. What makes someone a Seattleite?

Complaining about transit and using it anyway because you love the environment. Eating fresh fish. Drinking lots of beer. Owning a $200 pair of sunglasses you only use twice a year. Thinking Bocce Ball and Kickball are sports.

This weekly 10 question profile is Seattle Works way of highlighting and saying THANK YOU to all that our volunteers, leaders, community partners, board members, committee members, etc do for our community! We’re asking the same 10 questions to various Seattle Works participants as a fun way to feature the different ways to be involved with Seattle Works and in Seattle.

Want to be profiled? Fill out this survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5KP5CY3 and send a photo to yourself to Tomilyn at tomilyn@seattleworks.org

P.S. In case you’re interested, the inspiration behind these interviews comes from NY Mag’s weekly blog post.

 

Sponsorship’s Where It’s At May 18, 2013

Filed under: Seattle Works Day — seattleworks @ 11:30 am
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Seattle Works Day has a wide variety of sponsorship every year. If you’ve been following our blog, you saw some of our major sponsors highlighted this week and last. But, there are so many more that we’d like to thank for their support and dedication to community engagement:

We’d like to give a BIG THANK YOU to all of our fantastic sponsors! Without the support and partnership of each and every one of these companies, Seattle Works Day would not be as successful. Thank you!!

 

 

 

Seattle Works…and Seattle Plays: #SWDay AfterParty May 17, 2013

Filed under: Seattle Works Day — seattleworks @ 11:59 am
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Who’s excited about the Seattle Works Day AfterParty? We are!

This year’s party is sure to be just as grand and awesome as always – if not better. We’ve got some awesome games, raffle prizes and food to help us celebrate YOU!

So what kind of games you ask? Such a great question!

Seattle’s Best Damn Happy Hour will be joining us and bring life-sized Jenga and Scrabble. In addition, there will be Seattle Works themed People Bingo and some pretty awesome throwback place-mats with a crossword puzzle and a coloring activity. Yes, we went there.

What else you may ask? Well, we’ve got some great food from Taco Del Mar coming along with beer from Pyramid BreweriesAdditional non-alcoholic beverages provided by Golazo. What about dessert?? Snoqualmie Ice Cream will be serving up some delicious scoops.

All of that, plus some pretty awesome jams from DJ Manchild!

Sounds pretty fantastic, eh?

Where is all of this happening? Fisher Pavilion at Seattle CenterWe’ll be partying in the heart of Seattle Center, what better way is there to spend a Saturday afternoon after volunteering? I don’t see that you have a choice but to make sure you’re there.

 

A HUGE THANK YOU to all of our sponsors for this year’s AfterParty: Seattle Center, Seattle’s Best Damn Happy Hour, Taco del Mar, Pyramid Breweries, Golazo, Snoqualmie Ice Cream. 


Seattle’s Best Damn Happy Hour occurs every third Thursday of the month from 5-8pm in the newly renovated Armory at Seattle Center. Make sure to check out the next one on Thur 6/20!

You still have time to sign up for Seattle Works Day: https://seattleworks.ejoinme.org/swd.