Tag: Network Leadership


Food Systems and Network Leadership Lessons From the Pandemic

https://youtu.be/acotRX_7BlY The past year has created pressing new demands on social service providers, including food banks, nonprofits, and other food-related organizations. While the food systems sector was already a hub for collaborative innovation, COVID-19 further accelerated the importance of network leadership skills and strategy for

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effective network management

5 Critical Tasks for Effective Network Management

Managing a network of community partners is no easy task. Unlike typical hierarchical organizations, a network is horizontal with few formal mechanisms for accountability through control. Network leaders have to rely on more abstract ideas like trust and mission alignment to keep their partners accountable,

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Conflict Resolution in Coalitions

Conflict Resolution in Coalitions: Causes and Solutions

“I assume that every collaboration will bring conflict that must be managed” ⏤ Nancy Cantor Tweet Conflict in a coalition is normal – in fact, it’s usually a sign that the coalition or network is quite strong and engaged. Its members are passionate and involved,

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networks and health equity

Webinar: Networks and Health Equity, What’s the Connection?

https://youtu.be/E9xdx2rygf0 How Can Networks Help Us Understand & Solve Health Inequity? In this VNL Network Leader webinar, Bria Thomas re-introduces the concept of health equity and then demonstrates how network and systems mapping can be used to demonstrate linkages in the causes of inequity. We

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Systems Thinking and Network Science

Systems Thinking and Network Science: 3 Common Areas of Focus

“Systems thinking is a discipline for seeing wholes. It is a framework for seeing interrelationships rather than things, for seeing ‘patterns of change’ rather than ‘static snapshots.” ⏤ Peter Senge Tweet Systems thinking is getting more popular than ever as more and more people realize

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Introduction to Network Leadership

Introduction to Network Leadership: What Is It?

Network Leadership is the practice of building, managing, and evaluating cross-sector community partnership with a network approach. While traditional leadership emphasizes hierarchal styles of leadership, network leaders must manage a dynamic environment without formal roles, hierarchies, or authority. There are a lot of common examples

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Using network bridges

Using Network Bridges for Strategic Collaboration

It’s more and more common for people working towards social impact to build and work in networks to reach their shared goals. By sharing information and resources, coordinating their activity, and collectively measuring their impact, a network can accomplish far more than a single individual

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Our Network Leadership Guide shares tips to build, manage, and strengthen your network of community partners. It’s perfect for those taking a systematic approach to address the root causes of health inequity or the social determinants of health.