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Taking board leadership to the next level January 21, 2014

Filed under: Lead,The Bridge,The Bridge 201,Training — seattleworks @ 3:30 am

This week marked our second round ever of The Bridge 201. This advanced board service training program is designed specifically for individuals who are currently serving on a nonprofit board. Through a series of modules that challenge participants to think with an adaptive mindset, we are taking board leadership to the next level.

The nine participants this round gathered in the Seattle Works office for deep conversations about leadership, the challenges they are currently facing on their boards and how to overcome them. Clearly identifying where their challenges fall along the adaptive/technical axis.

Participants of The Bridge 201 go through a board simulation to apply their new skills. January 2014.

Participants of The Bridge 201 go through a board simulation to apply their new skills. January 2014.

When asked “how did this course change your prospective on leadership?” participants said:

  • “[The Bridge 201] caused me to focus more more on how to analyze leadership modes and classification of issues to find solutions.”
  • “Being a leader is about (in large part) asking the right questions.”
  • “It allowed me to carve out avenues to bring up different and difficult conversations.”
  • “Presented that boards should have a larger influence on change within every aspect of an organization.”

Ok, great – so we’ve got a group that has a new perspective on leadership. But how has The Bridge 201 changed their perspective on their role as board member?

  • “It caused me to think about ways to push our group’s thoughts.”
  • “I learned that I am a generative thinker and how to utilize other forms of analysis to solve problems.”
  • “I have a responsibility to ask hard questions.”
  • “Strategic methods of change can be introduced and implemented without having to announce it is happening – leading by example, not by proposal.”

There you have it, local board members who have a new perspective on how they can make a difference within their board, their organization and the greater Seattle community.

Do you want to join the ranks of board smarties? Take The Bridge and/or The Bridge 201Have a question? Contact


Guest Post: 3 Books to Reinspire You To Save The World January 8, 2014

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January. Its grayness sucks the will to live out of you, doesn’t it?

Even if you want to make the world a better place, as soon as you look outside, you might just head back to the couch for some hot cocoa and maybe your favorite sitcom. Or a nap, yeah, that’s it. I’ll save the world in July.

But wait! Just because it’s nasty out doesn’t mean you can’t gear up for all of your world saving endeavors!

Yes, January is a time for staying in. But who says that should stop you from your mission of making the world a better place? If you can read these three books to inspire you to save the world, even your downtime will be productive.



After all, the incredible Millennial Impact Report shows that we want to go out and change the world. It’s just knowing how and getting motivated, right?

So, for your reading pleasure, three good books on how to save the world (and Seattle, while you’re at it!)


Book 1: How To Save The World In Your Spare Time by Elizabeth May Image
In this self-proclaimed “Hey, you can fit saving the world into your busy schedule” manifesto, May gives you practical tips on how to get started, add to a project, talk to the media and more. Inspirational in its populist appeal (ANYONE can save the world!), you’ll be inspired when the time comes to pick a place in the cause of your choice and run with it!




The Lazy Environmentalist by Josh DorfmanImage

Would you like to vote with your purchases more in the new year? This book is for you! There’s no reason you should keep your do-good-ing to just your volunteer activities. Dorfman shows you how to make your purchases across the spectrum cleaner and greener. Want to lessen your carbon footprint? Buy at a local bookstore!




How to Change the World by John-Paul Flintoff: Image

This book, from the “School of Life” shows the normal person that small acts that he or she takes will lead to big changes in life. If you are currently a little disenchanted (by politics, the weather, or lack of caffeine), this incredibly readable book will motivate you to at least get yourself a cup of coffee and make a to-do list. For those who want to integrate making a difference into their everyday work, this book is an excellent start! (If you’re on the fence, here’s an 18 minute explanation by the author).




What some people forget about changing the world is that it takes some prep. You can’t just run out there, full of passion and REACT. Well, maybe you can if you’re saving the world from fires, but otherwise, it’s a little ill-advised.

In other words (and I’m betraying my two lit degrees here), it’s like Milton says, “those also serve who stand and wait.” I mean, not forever, but it’s okay to take a little time off and learn the strategies that will help you be effective when you DO decide to save the world.

And, hey, while you’re at it, get yourself a cup of coffee, there’s a lot of work to be done.


ImageChristine McMullin is a digital marketing strategy consultant who does all things communication for businesses across the U.S. but also finds a little time to save the world in her spare time. You can follow her on Twitter @CMcMChatter and look at some more words she wrote on her website []