Leap Updates

quote1 Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes. quote1 –Peter Drucker

Each month, we publish a Leap of Reason Update to share insights, tools, and learning opportunities for those who are working to raise their performance.

29
Nov

Engaged Compassion

Last month, we shared reflections from a great summer visit in Los Angeles with the Weingart Foundation staff. Here we’ll offer more detail about the empathetic leaders who have guided the foundation’s transformation from risk-averse check-writer to national leader in effective philanthropic practice. Fred Ali, the foundation’s CEO, joined the Jesuit Service Corps in...
25
Oct

Up and Down the Elevator Five Times

The great story of a foundation's slow, patient transformation—from a generous corporate citizen to a cutting-edge leader in social equity and effective philanthropic practice—started with an elevator ride. Five times, up and down, to be exact. But after that, ...
28
Sep

Gates Schmates

Helping grantees become high-performance organizations isn't relevant only for foundations with billions of dollars and hundreds of staff members. The UK's Blagrave Trust is a case in point. It has an endowment of approximately $50 million and only three staff members. And yet Blagrave is punching way above its weight, especially because...
24
Aug

Light After Dark

We cannot in good conscience jump into this newsletter without acknowledging what we're feeling in the aftermath of Charlottesville: Can this really be happening in America?! Can history really be marching, in jackboots and loafers, in reverse? As an Italian-American whose father and uncles were looked down upon as immigrant trash and a Jewish...
26
Jul

Brain + Heart + Ears

Years ago, when we first started writing about what it takes to become a high-performance organization, we tended to emphasize logic and brainpower, as exemplified by our title Leap of Reason. We’ve since gained a deeper appreciation for the essential role of heart. Now, thanks to a group of Leap Ambassadors at the forefront...