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APRIL 2022: Monitoring and evaluation is a practice that can help your organisation

Many nonprofits and social enterprises have become much more aware of the need to conduct M&E within their organisation. However, some still remain reluctant and harbour a fear of M&E . Why is this? In this Tea and Buns Jill Lovell and Dr Ruth Knight explained the common assumptions and barriers to good quality evaluations, and explored 5 key reasons why every organisation should not fear, but embrace the practices of M&E.  Watch the recording now 

MARCH 2022: Five reasons why your org needs to be more intrapreneurial

Intrapreneurship is an attitude and mindset that is valued and encouraged by many organisations today. In March’s Tea and Buns, Dr. Irena Yashin-Shaw, founder of The Global Intrapreneurs Institute and a lecturer in Corporate Entrepreneurship and Change at Griffith University shared some of her insights about what it means to be more INTRAPRENEURIAL and how it can harness the vast reservoir of untapped talent within workplaces. Watch the recording now   Slides







FEBRUARY 2022: Evaluating programs using systems thinking

In this Tea & Buns Dr Ruth Knight chatted with Lewe about the practical issues related to evaluating programs in 2022. If you have struggled with how to measure how your program is creating social or environmental impact, Lewe recommends starting with a systems thinking approach. Systems thinking gives us powerful ways to think about and evaluate systems change projects and complex programs.

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NOVEMBER 2021: Why more women are turning to social entrepreneurship, and what it takes to thrive

In this session, Dr Ruth Knight to Julia Keady from The Xfactor Collective about the attributes of female social entrepreneurs, and why so many women are founding and leading social enterprises.  Julia shared insights into how women can become empowered and equipped to lead effective social and environmental change.

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OCTOBER 2021: Rethinking the drivers of employee performance in the future of work

In this session, Dr Ruth Knight spoke to Dr Ben Farr-Wharton from Edith Cowan University as for the past decade Ben has been exploring the enablers of, and barriers to, employee wellbeing. This has resulted in Ben having a passion for exploring the topics of workplace wellness and engagement.

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SEPTEMBER 2021: Can people thrive (not just survive) during times of change?  

Our workforce is the single greatest resource our organisation has. But what do we need to do to strengthen team performance to achieve the organisation’s purpose? Dr. Ruth Knight will be chatting with Sharon Blackburn about what she has learnt, and what she has done, to build the organisational culture, and engage the workforce to contribute in meaningful ways.

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AUGUST 2021: Dealing with Uncertainty with Mark Berridge

This is a very topical subject to discuss with all the uncertainty we are facing individually and as a community, so Mark will be sharing his tips about reducing anxiety and living through challenging times- and what angels and demons to be mindful of. Mark had an accident and suffered a severe spinal cord injury. This unexpected and life-changing moment interrupted a successful corporate career and he had to deal with the uncertainty of not knowing whether he would walk, run or work again.

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JULY 2021: How can you build resilience in you and your team?

During the pandemic there have been lots of conversations about the importance of staying physically and mentally healthy and resilient. But now it’s time to check in and ask each other – how are we going? Are we still maintaining our wellness, or has ‘resilience’ just become a buzz word?

Watch the recording now | Other useful links: Deep Listening: Impact Beyond Words |   Podcasts   Empathy First 







JUNE 2021: Australia’s COVID Vaccine Rollout – Helping Staff & Service Users to Make Informed Choices

Very informative conversation with Ruth and Dr Natasha Yates about what an informed decision is, the role of influencers, support workers and G.P.s and supporting a decision when you might disagree.

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Other useful links: COVID-19 Vaccines: Myth vs Fact   |   Department of Health Is it true?   |   Department of Health Weighing up the benefits & risks







MAY 2021: Giving in times of Crisis

This month’s Tea & Buns conversation was with Ben Nicoll, QUT’s Development Officer,  about what QUT has learnt from this year’s QUT Giving Day held on May 20th. Ben gave us a candid insight into what it took to rally support for QUT’s world-changing projects and student scholarships. View his top 6 tips here. 

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APRIL 2021: Reconciliation: What does it mean to your nonprofit?

At this Tea & Buns, Mark Watego, Managing Director of Meeting Place Consultancy, joined Ruth to discuss the importance of understanding First Nation history, culture and health; how to take action toward reconciliation in your workplace and the community and; why organisations should have a Reconciliation Plan.

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MARCH 2021: Developing a feedback culture within your team

This session was all about developing a feedback culture within your team and the undeniable benefits of doing so. Guest speaker, Dr Shari Read is an award-winning educator with a special focus on human-centred, transformation, transformational leadership and future-oriented workplaces. Her research focuses on understanding how effective leaders of transformation think, what they pay attention to and their ability to see things from different perspectives.

Watch the recording now | Access the handout, Developing a feedback culture | The At My Best 360 tool is inexpensive and easy to use







OCTOBER 2020: COVID-19 and Behaviour Change

Professor Ross Gordon from QUT had a conversation about how COVID-19 is very much a behavioural issue at heart. He discussed how the pandemic has led to behavioural problems relating to alcohol consumption, and gambling – and how behaviour changes will be key to eliminating COVID-19.

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SEPTEMBER 2020: Journey mapping for nonprofits – What it is and why you need to know about it

Journey mapping is a powerful tool to analyse and understand how people experience and interact with organisations, programs, services, and systems. For this reason many nonprofit organisations are using it to gain feedback from their beneficiaries, innovate and measure impact.

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AUGUST 2020: Surprising ways volunteers can help your organisation thrive in 2020

Dr Ruth Knight chats with Michelle Stafford from Volunteering Queensland about how COVID-19 has changed the way organisations engage and support volunteers and what volunteering coordinators should be doing when their organisation is going through change.

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JULY 2020: Is COVID-19 hurting your job or career opportunities?

At this Tea & Buns, Wendy Scaife from ACPNS and Dylys Bertelsen from Windsor Group discuss what you should be thinking and doing to protect and bolster your career and opportunities amid COVID-19.

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JUNE 2020: Can organisational culture enhance fundraising results? 

At this Tea & Buns, Dr Ruth Knight and Dr Kathleen Chell from ACPNS discussed the link between organisational culture and fundraising results.

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MAY 2020: Learning from fear and how it affects decision making

At this Tea & Buns we asked Eleanor Carey, dual world record holding adventurer, entrepreneur and author, about how fear has impacted her decisions, and strategies she has used to overcome fear.

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APRIL 2020: Daring to lead in times of uncertainty

At this Tea & Buns we asked psychologist and Certified Dare to LeadTM facilitator, Cassandra Levin about what research by Brené Brown says about leading bravely when you are feeling vulnerable and uncertain.

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