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Recoding Organizational DNA participants learn to ‘lead the change’

Recoding Organizational DNA launched July 11 during a kickoff where representatives from more than 16 organizations (including CEOs, board chairs, board members, communications leads, volunteers and more) committed to participate in six “labs” — or workshops — over seven months where they will learn, digest and begin putting into practice the changes asked of them… Read more »

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Patriot Plaza volunteers show tremendous heart during dedication

“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time, but they do have the heart.”  Everyone who volunteered during Patriot Plaza’s Community Dedication on June 28 wore their heart on their sleeve as they contributed to make that day extra special for more than 2,000 attendees. This was a once-in-a-lifetime event and so many wanted to make… Read more »

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A legacy for the ages

Patriot Plaza was a multi-year endeavor — from pondering the mere possibilities of building a “shade and seats” enhancement at Sarasota National Cemetery to developing the magnificent structure that stands to honor veterans and their families in perpetuity. Following the fanfare of the June 28 community dedication of Patriot Plaza, John Berteau, chairman of The… Read more »

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Partnership provides value beyond the check

When I joined The Patterson Foundation (TPF) as an Initiative Consultant in 2012, I was told my job was to provide “value beyond the check” in my role with the partnership with Ringling College of Art and Design to create a Collaboratory, a unique approach to art and design education that would ultimately guarantee every single Ringling… Read more »

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Area service agencies join Recoding Organizational DNA effort

As I mentioned in previous posts, the Recoding Organizational DNA initiative is an opportunity for agencies serving those less fortunate to enhance and amplify operational capacity through a collaborative series of workshops. The following organizations will take part in Recoding Organizational DNA: All Faiths Food Bank, Inc. Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice, Inc. The Center… Read more »

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Making collaboration a priority in nonprofit work

When leaders of the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida (CEO Rena Coughlin and Director of Programs Kim Govan) asked if I’d be willing to lead a workshop on collaboration for the Community Coach Program, they emphasized that the focus should be on the early phases of collaborative opportunities. I began the workshop by asking what the attendees… Read more »

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Freedom takes center stage at Patriot Plaza community dedication

Consoling a nation reeling in the twilight of a Civil War that ended the lives of an estimated 620,000 Americans, Abraham Lincoln faced the crowd at his second inaugural address and implored his citizens “…to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan…” This need, so great then,… Read more »

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The meaning behind Recoding Organizational DNA

I have to admit, when the decision to call this effort Recoding Organizational DNA was finalized, I didn’t embrace it as I had hoped. My first thought was, “What in the world?”As I’ve spent more time working with the team and the nonprofit organizations about the purpose, the content, and the need, I find the name very fitting…. Read more »

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Fanning a flame of community support for veterans

The Legacy of Valor Campaign to honor veterans, inspire patriotism and embrace freedom appears to be winding down but the community support, enthusiasm, and anticipation mounts with the approaching dedication of Patriot Plaza, the 2,800-seat ceremonial amphitheater at Sarasota National Cemetery. The spark that Legacy of Valor ignited has grown to a steady and constant flame in our… Read more »

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Listening to the pledge of allegiance as it was intended

I recently heard the Pledge of Allegiance and heard every word differently, the way it was intended and the way it should be understood. In 1969, the entertainer and comedian Red Skelton did a skit called “The Old Man” that was about a teacher in 1923 explaining to schoolchildren the meaning of those words so… Read more »

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VeteransU forms from Legacy of Valor relationships

I’ve been reflecting lately, as the Legacy of Valor (LoV) campaign is winding down, about all the things that have happened over the past year. I’m amazed at the number of relationships formed and strengthened. The outpouring of community support for our local veterans and their families overjoys me. Most of all, I’m hopeful. I’m… Read more »

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Recoding Organizational DNA to solidify a road map for progress

A couple of weeks ago, the Sarasota Herald Tribune announced a new initiative of The Patterson Foundation:  Recoding Organizational DNA. The initiative was born out of the understanding that organizational change is extremely difficult, and left to chance, is unlikely to be sustained over the long term. This is important to recognize because Dr. Robert… Read more »