Last year, The Fieldstone Leadership Network launched the Leadership Book Club as a distinctive and creative way to study leadership. The first cohort of 12 nonprofit leaders is currently in Month 8 of the 10-month program and the cohort has decided to continue to read and study leadership together through literature once the program has “officially” concluded. Their choice to continue the program is a meaningful endorsement on the value of the experience and one that has lead Fieldstone to offer another session of this program. Applications are now available for the second Leadership Book Club, which will begin in September 2017 and run through June 2018. If you would like to hear what people are saying about the Book Club experience, please view this short video
Leadership Book Club
Crafted with assistance from leadership and literary experts, including the Department of Leadership Studies at the University of San Diego, Harvard, Center for Courage and Renewal, Warwick’s and various independent consultants, the book club works with a well-cultivated and meaningful book list. This list includes fiction, non-fiction and other books we are describing as “the third sector”. This category of books will include technical, business, philosophy and poetry that will round out the other literary choices. Each book has been selected for its ability to inspire and inform personal leadership development. The list is balanced with classics and new releases from a variety of authors to provide a diverse perspective and learning opportunity. It is designed to be a living document that will continue to evolve throughout the life of the program.
The Fieldstone Book Club is led by a professional book club facilitator. This will provide both the framework for the first three monthly discussions but also the training on how to facilitate and use book discussions as a teaching tool in your organization or with your leadership team. Our facilitator will work with each member as he/she prepares to facilitate one month’s discussion with a fellow member. This part of the program cultivates trusted relationships among the book club members, while also solidifying the facilitator training with hands-on experience.
Research has shown that reading has always been an essential component of leadership development (HBR, Feb. 2016). However, even with the best of intentions, it is often difficult to get to or finish all of the books competing for our attention. Book Clubs are proven to help one commit to and develop a healthy habit of reading. This habit leads to an increase in knowledge, as the more one reads, the more one learns. Book clubs also change reading from a solitary activity to a communal one. Reading communally encourages one to read more deeply as a way to prepare to share thoughts and impressions with others in the Club. Maybe most importantly, book clubs inspire one to read books which one may not have otherwise selected or finished. Often these are the most meaningful reading experiences as one’s perspective is challenged or expanded.
We are very excited to continue this program and invite you to join us as part of this unique leadership development opportunity. We have space for 12 leaders. We expect the group to fill up quickly, so if you are interested, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. The application and more specific information is available on our website under the Leadership Network tab.
Robin K. Sinclair has officially joined the Fieldstone Family as the new Leadership Network and Development Manager. In this capacity, Robin K will be responsible for managing the programs and activities of the Fieldstone Leadership Network in Orange County, California and to raise funds to support and sustain the programs of the Network. Robin is uniquely qualified for this work as she was a member of the Fieldstone Leadership Network as a graduate of our Executive Learning Group Program. Thus, she can speak from personal experience about the value of the individual programs and the Network as a whole.
For the past five years, Robin has served as the Executive Director/CEO of Casa Youth Shelter. Prior to her time at Casa, she was the Executive Director at Boys Hope Girls Hope. In both organizations, Robin was recognized for her passion and commitment to the clients and the integrity of her leadership.
Robin is married and is the mother of four grown sons. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her four grandchildren. As two of our three staff members are named Robin and share “S” as a last initial, we are affectionately using Robin’s middle initial and referring to her as “Robin K”.
You can reach Robin K at 949 8732736 and Rsinclair@fieldstonefoundation.org.
Please join us in welcoming Robin K to Fieldstone!
On Friday, March 3rd, The Fieldstone Leadership Network hosted its first Crossroads and Turning Points for 2017. Featuring Kathy Drucquer Duff from KDD Philanthropy, over 40 San Diego nonprofit leaders participated in a half day session to receive training and guidance on nuancing donor strategies and outreach.
The session provided practical ideas and advice on the “art” associated with the science of moves management within an organization’s donor development strategy. The session also addressed:
asking the right questions, incorporating transitional language into donor meetings, portfolio management strategies and tools to assist in the growing, and upgrading of portfolios and the discipline needed to be successful in this work.
Kathy Drucquer Duff’s unique experience across healthcare, higher education and nonprofit organizations allows her to assess the opportunities within each environment and provide trainings on a wide range of areas. KDD Philanthropy is one of the few consulting firms that regularly builds practical exercises, real-life scenarios and tailored role plays into trainings – allowing participants to take away practical, ready to implement tools for their work. We are proud to have partnered with KDD Philanthropy to bring this learning opportunity to nonprofits across a wide spectrum of focus areas to support them in reaching their fund development goals.
Our 2017 cohort of Coachees from Orange and San Diego Counties has now completed its 360 Degree Assessments as part of our annual coaching program. Working with the Center for Creative Leadership, each of our Coachees completed the assessment tool personally and invited key people in a variety of roles in his/her life to complete the assessment as well. Upon completion, each Coachee spent time reviewing the results with a certified facilitator so he/she is able to understand what the data means and how to use the results to further develop his/her leadership style. The Center for Creative Leadership pioneered the use of these assessments and remains a leader in the field. We are happy to have been working with them to provide this portion of our coaching program since its inception in 1996.
Ever wonder about Fieldstone @ 4 and how it helps our nonprofit leaders do their work? We are thrilled to share a short video, produced by FLN member Lee Ann Kim, that provides a framework for the program and gives the viewer an opportunity to hear directly from Fieldstone @ 4 participants on how these gatherings help them as they lead.
This month, we will host two Fieldstone @ 4 gatherings:
On March 23rd , San Diego will host a conversation on how leaders in key nonprofit subsectors are “Leading with an New Administration”. Panelists include:
Barbara Mandle, Champions for Health;
Pauline Martinson, I love a Clean San Diego and Paulina Lis, San Diego Green Building Council;
Andy Carey, Border Philanthropy Project and
Kathi Anderson, Survivors of Torture and Walter Lam, Alliance for African Assistance.
On March 29th, Orange County will be discussing “HR that Impacts Your Bottom Line” with Kathleen Buehler and Mindy Weinheimer of the Blind Children’s Learning Center.
Fieldstone @ 4 is a component of the Fieldstone Leadership Network and provides a “living room” experience for nonprofit leaders to come together for fellowship and knowledge. Based on the concept of a “third place”, Fieldstone @ 4 provides the space for Members to use this time in whatever way will best serve his/her leadership needs each time we come together. As Fieldstone @ 4 is an open canvas for leaders to design and use as part of his/her personal and community leadership development, Members are welcome to meet with colleagues for personal discussions, simply enjoy each other’s friendship over a glass of wine or cup of coffee or join a peer facilitated conversation on topic’s relevant to today’s nonprofit leader. Fieldstone @ 4 is open to all members of The Fieldstone Leadership Network.
In the new year, four new cohorts of Learning Groups began to meet. Forty-Five nonprofit leaders from throughout San Diego and Orange Counties are participating and represent various subsectors of the nonprofit landscape, including education, the environment, health, social service, literacy, arts, technology, sports and exercise, diplomacy and international relations, and faith based charity. The four groups will continue to meet monthly through June 2017.
Each monthly curriculum module incorporates group problem solving activities as well as discussion on state-of-the-art leadership and management research grounded though the practitioner’s lens. These topics address common issues among nonprofits, such as:
Problem Solving, Leadership and Management, Developing Leaders, Managing Up and Team Building, Stages of Nonprofit Growth and Development, Conflict Resolution and Persuasion, Board Development, Time Management and Delegation, Strategic Planning, and Empowerment.
The Learning Group program has be filled to capacity since its inception in 1994. Applications for the next cohort will be accepted beginning in September 2017 and are available on our website. The next cohort will begin meeting in January 2018.
The Fieldstone Foundation is looking to hire a staff person to manage the programs and activities of the Fieldstone Leadership Network in Orange County, California and to raise funds to support and sustain the programs of the Network. This position offers a unique blend of program management and fund development responsibilities. The office is located in Newport Beach, but programs take place throughout the county and in San Diego. Primary responsibilities include the development and coordination of leadership training programs, fundraising and Network member and stakeholder cultivation, retention and support. The position is a part time (3 days/60%), mid-level management position reporting to the Executive Director. Administrative support is provided. A first quarter 2017 start date is anticipated.
Due to the pace of this search, candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications, including a one page letter explaining your interest in the position and your unique qualifications, your resume, and salary history should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. In order to expedite the internal sorting and review process, please type your name and RESUME in the subject line of your e-mail.
The Fieldstone Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, medical condition, handicap, veteran status, marital status or sexual orientation.
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Our Leadership Book Club is well underway and accomplishing one of its goals of expanding a leaders’ repertoire of books in the study of leadership. At today’s gathering, a member of the Book Club, shared, “the Book Club is working! I would never have read this book but it has been fruitful in providing me insight into my leadership”.
The Leadership Book Club has twelve members from a cross-section of nonprofit focus areas and is lead by a professional book club facilitator. Each member of the group will have the opportunity to select a book from the carefully curated book list and facilitate a session for their peer members. This experience is designed to help leaders develop skills in using and facilitating books and other reading materials as training tools with their staffs, boards and volunteers. The program runs thru June 2017. The next cohort will begin in September 2017. To be added to the interest list, please email Robins@fieldstonefoundation.org. Invitations will be extended in Spring 2017 for the Fall program.
Continuing a long held tradition, nonprofit leaders from Orange and San Diego Counties have applied to our Learning Group and Coaching programs in numbers that have each of the programs oversold for 2017! This phenomenon supports the research completed by the Caster Center for Nonprofit Research at the University of San Diego on the effectiveness and need for our programs. Over the next month, work will continue to finalize the participants for each program and interviews will be conducted with each of the applicants for our coaching program. Applicants can expect to hear back from the Foundation at the end of November for the Learning Group Program and in mid-December for Coaching.
The caliber and diversity of leaders applying to the programs is exceptionally strong and we are excited about the upcoming year! Thanks to all who applied and/or recommended our programs to peers.
Report on the effectiveness and need of The Fieldstone Leadership Network.
Last week, an “at-capacity” group of twenty-five nonprofit leaders from Orange and San Diego Counties gathered together in Santa Barbara for Fieldstone’s annual leadership retreat. The three day retreat was entitled Pilgrimage: A Leadership Journey and used the common rites of a sacred journey to provided time and space to explore the ways each of the eight steps (rites) relate to their nonprofit leadership journey. Based on the work of the Center for Courage and Renewal, the retreat was designed as a time for reflection, renewal and relationship and was facilitated by Janine Mason and Sue Carter Kahl, certified facilitators with the Center for Courage and Renewal in Washington. The retreat is offered as part of The Fieldstone Leadership Network, a continuum of programs to develop and support nonprofit leaders throughout their careers.
Nonprofit leaders from throughout San Diego and Orange County participated in our leadership retreat.