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Saturday, 9 January 2016

What's in Store for 2016 at OPTIMUM NFP?

Welcome to 2016. Wishing all readers of The OPTIMUM Newsletter a Happy, Healthy, Safe, and Prosperous year ahead.

2015 was a very special year for OPTIMUM NFP as it saw the successful implementation of the Action Learning Question Public Program (marketed as the Cross-Organisational Cohort) following its formal launch in mid 2014. The success of that launch and that initial Program, has resulted in a second public program commencing in mid February 2016, with interest levels such that places for this second program are filling fast. My website contains feedback from the first public program (click on the Tab entitled "ALQ Workshops"). In-house Action Leaning Question Programs are also being discussed with numerous organisations, and these are expected to come to fruition during 2016.

In addition, I was offered the opportunity to join the Australian Institute of Management as a Facilitator in their fast developing Graduate School as part of their highly accredited MBA Program, where I am currently involved in the delivery of two units, namely Managing Financial Resources and Strategic Organisational Change. The former further supports my keen interest in developing financial expertise amongst non-finance professionals, whilst the latter further extends my interest in change management as a result of my current PhD research.

And finally, 2015 saw me obtain preliminary confirmation of the publication in an international peer-reviewed academic journal of one of my key papers related to my PhD research. This paper presents the actual findings of the research and is hopefully the first of a series of 4 such papers that, depending on the peer review process, could see all published during 2016. As these papers are published, I will be keen to share them with interested readers of this newsletter, as they have direct impacts on the nonprofit sector with regards the management of successful organisational change.

These achievements and activities all feed into the quality of consulting input that OPTIMUM NFP continues to provide its clients.

In 2016, OPTIMUM NFP will launch the "CEO Roundtable", designed exclusively for CEOs of nonprofit organisations. It will be a professional learning forum that supports ongoing development of CEOs through facilitated discussion and peer support. Details including registration forms will be available shortly and interested CEOs can pre-register their interest by contacting David Rosenbaum direct. The CEO Roundtable will be launched in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

During 2016, The OPTIMUM Newsletter will seek to cover many relevant topics for this sector, so keep a watchful eye out for those that may be of specific interest to you. It is currently anticipated that topics will include, but will not be limited to the following areas:
  • organisational learning
  • role of strategy in organisational learning
  • innovation and how to find it and encourage it
  • assessment tools for reviewing board performance
  • culture assessments for change readiness
  • mission/market tension in nonprofits

There will also be ongoing updates as to progress with the Action Learning Question Program including attendee feedback.

2016 will continue to be a year of challenge for all of us, economically, politically, and socially. I look forward to The OPTIMUM Newsletter being a source of relevant information that can assist, in a small way, your organisations, and your personal path through these challenges.

Contact David Rosenbaum on 0411 744 911 or at to enquire how OPTIMUM NFP could assist you and your organisation in achieving stated goals and objectives.

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