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.

21
Aug

Fool Me Ten Times, Shame on Me

This week, Lowell will conduct the first of a series of learning sessions for an entrepreneur at the very beginning of his philanthropic journey. He’ll ground the session in borrowed wisdom from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Tom Reis: “All new philanthropists get a black eye. That’s fine—and can actually be a good learning experience....
24
Jul

Going to Bat for Grantees

One of Lowell’s foundation clients is in the midst of a generational succession and looking with new eyes at some long-established practices. Two practices under review are the foundation's default...
19
Jun

The Right Was Right on This

In the fourth installment of our continuing series of mini essays on the "Five Habits of Highly Effective Funders," we turn this month to this core habit: "Effective foundations help grantees strengthen their organizations, not just programs." Thanks to a productive meeting we attended last week at the Ford Foundation, we're charged up with...
22
May

A Paradoxical Mix of Arrogance and Insecurity

In our continuing series of mini essays unpacking each of the “Five Habits of Highly Effective Funders,” we’re going to drill down on the number-one success factor for foundations that aspire to help grantees become high-performance organizations: having talented, empathetic leaders at the trustee and executive levels. Lowell just got an inspiring dose of...
25
Apr

Uncommon Mindset, Uncommon Results

Over the coming months, we’ll unpack “Five Habits of Highly Effective Funders.” Last month, we offered greater specificity about how highly effective funders manage to build bonds of trust with their grantees, despite the inevitable power differential. This month, we’re going to look at another one of the habits: “Effective foundations exemplify a ‘growth...
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