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The Roy Group Team takes a pause to build a sense of community at Bilston Creek Farm

Conversations With Roy: How To Build A Warm And Productive Community

We’ve been thinking a lot about pause over the summer. Our chief of staff noted hundreds of out-of-office emails when we sent out a recent announcement about the 2021 MacGregor Cup. This is good news. After 18 months of discombobulation,…
August 17, 2021 by Roy Group
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Five Ways The Leader’s Discipline Made Me a Better Parent

By Vivienne Damatan If I’m being honest, my transition into parenthood was a rough one. When I had my daughter, I was the VP of sales at a growing tech startup and everything was going really well. Through a lot of focus and consistent…
June 25, 2021 by Roy Group
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Choosing The Best Way To Have The Conversation That’s In Front Of You

In the moment, we think we need to know it all. We worry that if we don’t have the answers, then we’re not really leaders. And when we do have the answers (or think we do), we want to save some time by straight up sharing them with other…
June 25, 2021 by Roy Group

How I Learned To Bake Bread With A New Set Of Tools (Or: Exploring My Dread Of Virtual Learning)

By Donna Horn Great bakers bake great bread. That’s one of Robert Henderson’s lines. It means even when you’ve learned your craft, you keep honing and advancing and growing in mastery. You don’t worry about “being great”. All…
June 10, 2021 by Roy Group

How to Listen Like a Leader…Not a Know-It-All (and other great tips on how to earn the title of “Mentor”)

What qualities do we look for in a leader? What does it mean to create good in the world? Why is Mentor such a powerful word, and why do we treat it as a gift? What is it that jumps us to judgment instead of truly seeing the layered, gifted,…
June 1, 2021 by Roy Group
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Why Would Anyone Write A Book?

By Ian Chisholm I remember very clearly the moment when I first understood why someone would want to write a book. I was sitting in the audience at a lecture given by Dr. Gabor Maté at the University of Victoria. He had just finished writing…
May 14, 2021 by Roy Group
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Bend An Ear, But Don’t Bend The Truth: A Critical Look At Storytelling In The Nonprofit Sector

By Iain Duncan Nonprofit storytelling is broken. It no longer tells the truth, and I think it might be my fault. I think it might be yours, too. It is both broken AND our fault because of how we as an audience engage with the complex…
April 14, 2021 by Roy Group
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What Nature Can Teach Business About Strategy In The Face of Big Change

By Anne-Marie Daniel I was arriving late to a Roy Group strategy session. Cozy and small, our session was situated in a fishing hut by the beach in Port Renfrew. I found myself wanting to get my head in the game, but I was feeling overwhelmed…
April 7, 2021 by Roy Group

The High Cost Of Avoiding Conflict: Six Tips For Handling Disharmony

By Anne-Marie Daniel A few years ago, the executive director of a well-known social impact organization called me for a coaching session. This individual had received an email from a loyal volunteer of 20 years who was quite upset about recent…
March 11, 2021 by Roy Group