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Big Picture Thinking In Central East Alberta

Posted by: in Central East, Uncategorized

Are you a Big Picture Thinker?

Our leadership assessment framework has identified Big Picture Thinking as one of the 6 major competencies that makes up effective leadership. Clearly, the art of being a visionary or big picture thinker is a skill worth working towards. But what exactly is Big Picture Thinking? We have defined it as: “envisioning the potential in just about anything.  This kind of innovative thinking sees the connections between concepts, rather than focusing on constraints and details.” It is broken down into two subcategories: Visioning and, Innovation and Creation.

I have had the opportunity to work with some great big thinkers in Central East Alberta while working with KnowledgeConnector. These have included individuals working with organizations such as Information and Volunteer Centre for Strathcona County, the Hanna Learning Centre, the Flagstaff Adult Learning Council, the Camrose Adult Learning Council and numerous other non-profit/voluntary sector groups.

Having said that though, these groups and individuals have a passion for continuous learning that helps them keep on the cutting edge within their respective field. And as you know, we are in the business of empowering leaders in the non-profit/voluntary sector be the best leaders as possible.

So, if you are already a Big Picture Thinker but want to strengthen that competency to a greater extent check out one of the following opportunities right here in Central East Alberta. Not a big picture? Then check them out and learn a new skill. The following opportunities take a look at outcome planning and sustainability. Both are big factors when becoming a big picture thinker.

Outcome Tools: Incorporating Concepts into Operations: It’s often said that we know the cost of everything but the value of nothing.  However, using an outcomes-based approach in our organizations refocuses us, and makes us consider not only what we are doing, but why we are doing it. We also know that using an outcome-approach to the planning and delivery of community services is important for ensuring we focus on the actual change or impacts our services are providing. How do we incorporate these ideas into our daily work?  Join us to increase your understanding of an outcome-based approach and explore the use of a variety of tools that will assist you to incorporate outcomes into the planning, implementation, and measurement of your services and programs. This opportunity is offered by ACE communities on February 1 from 10:00 to 11:30 AM.  For more information view this opportunity!

Nonprofit Sustainability: Building Blocks to Organizational Success: Learn how to enhance your organization’s competitiveness and strengthen its financial health. Sustainability is a popular but often misunderstood buzzword in our sector. Nonprofit sustainability means more than just generating enough money to keep our organization afloat. In this class we will begin with the definition of nonprofit sustainability, and then we will cover each of the four key elements that contribute to long-term sustainability for an organization. Learn what you can do to increase your organization’s competitiveness and strengthen its financial health in the current economic climate. Topics covered include understanding what nonprofit sustainability means; key elements of nonprofit sustainability and tips on how to develop them in your organization. This is offered by the Foundation Centre on February 22 from 12:00 to 1:00PM.  For more information view this opportunity!

Enjoy enhancing your leadership skills! To book a FREE leadership assessment workshop to find out what skills your organization can strengthen give me a call!

Victoria Poschadel | 780.945.6134 |

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Next Steps: Post March For

Posted by: in North West, Uncategorized

Did you know…

  • We are averaging 1,000 hits a month on the website
  • There are 19142 non-profit groups in Alberta.
  • There are 1800 post-secondary institutions in Canada
  • 116000 staff are employed by the non-profit sector in Alberta
  • One of the true benefits of the last 18 months has been the connection with rural Alberta and communities through the work of the RCC’s. We have truly benefited from the ability to connect on a personal level with all of you.
  • Volunteer Alberta is committed to supporting the ongoing sustainability of the KnowledgeConnector Initiative.  The website will continue to be in place and supported through partnerships and collaborative efforts.  The website is now imbedded in Volunteer Alberta and will continue to be a vital program and service offered by VA.
  • We are looking at a variety of options as to how we might be able to keep the momentum and community engagement activities in place.  That means we are looking at how we might do things differently (“smarter, not harder”) through partnerships, collaborative ventures, e&. Sustainability with this project is not only about money, but about partnership, collaboration and community support.

What do you think we might be able to do in the future?

All of you have a ton of valuable information to share on how to collectively increase access and utilization of leadership development
opportunities that are available for the Non-profit/Voluntary Sector (NPVS) in Alberta.

Here is your opportunity to provide feedback with “community engagement”.

The primary objective for the website is that it is designed to help you link rural Alberta NPVS to learning opportunities/learning provider, promote and enhance Learning Provider capacity to offer quality leadership programs and services. Are there barriers and challenges you have? Explore what we may do to enhance or tweak the website to accomplish this

So check us out, register as a learning provider or choose a learning opportunity.

FYI – Look for our upcoming Learning Provider Forums hosted by KnowledgeConnector in your region (Hanna, AB – January 27 1:00 to 4:00PM) or complete our Learning Provider Online Survey:

For further information or to provide feedback please email me at  or our Program Coordinator at

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