How do we get people to care about homelessness?
That question comes up a lot. Sometimes "people" means the general public. Other times it is elected officials. Sometimes it is the business community or the police. It also refers to homeless service providers in some instances.Continue Reading Comment on this article Share
Recently, Hawaii released data in their progress towards ending homelessness. Hawaii (the Big Island), Maui and Kauai all posted decreases. Oahu more or less stayed the same, but perhaps because of improved counting methods in their Point in Time Count. As an outsider, I want to focus a bit on what they were able to achieve on the Big Island. Having visited Hilo and Kona several times over the past couple years, I want to share some observations of what I think the difference makers have been to see a greater than 30% reduction there. And if you are unfamiliar with the Hawaii landscape by way of geography and policies, this reduction is truly extraordinary.Continue Reading 1 reaction Share
What if you were the person that replaced you in your current job?
What would you do differently? Is there something that is occupying your time that you would eliminate from your day to day? Is there something that you should be making a priority that you are not making a priority? Is there a relationship you need to build or fix that you are not attending to - or other relationships that you need to let go of? Is there a new idea or project that you really want to get off the ground but have not been able to operationalize? Is there something that is definitely not working in what you are doing now but you have not been attending to?Continue Reading Comment on this article Share
Ending homelessness. Sounds great. Really hard to do.
When you say it…when people you work with say it…when other organizations say it…when elected officials say it…do they mean it? Do they mean it the way you mean it?
Say it again: ending homelessness.
If I were to ask anyone, “Do you want to end homelessness or do you want to increase homelessness?” the answer is going to be, “End it.”
If I were to ask anyone, “Do you want to end homelessness or do you want to keep managing homelessness?” the answer is also likely to be, “End it.”Continue Reading 2 reactions Share
In the Master Class on Leadership, I teach how to make authentic leadership work. I try to live my leadership from a place of vulnerability and authenticity. Here is how I work hard to try and make that happen.
There are four elements to being authentic in leadership.Continue Reading Comment on this article Share
I had long knew of Marvin. Cynthia of the National Alliance to End Homelessness put a name to him when we did a session together at the summer conference a while back. You know Marvin too.
Who is Marvin?
Marvin is the guy that pops up in your rules for your program. Maybe not by the name "Marvin". But you have served Marvin and created rules because of him.
It goes like this...Continue Reading 1 reaction Share
This week I am leading another Leadership Academy on Ending Homelessness. We sold out again. It is a great honour that so many people want to hone their leadership skills on this important social issue. As I was preparing and reflecting on the materials to be delivered this week, I wrote a letter to myself that I wish I had 15 years ago.Continue Reading 2 reactions Share