$ Questions for Discussing Long Term Vision

4 Questions for Discussing Long Term Vision

Aside from strategic planning, it’s rare for sport and recreation organizations to engage in discussing its long term vision. This article offers four specific questions to help sport organizations engage in these discussions.

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Get to Know Spark Solutions

Get to know Spark Solutions, Lara, who we work with, how we work with our clients, and what you can expect when you work with us.

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Clear is Kind – A New Path Forward

I discuss how the philosophies of radical candour and clear is kind will create psychological safety on our teams to forage a new path forward.

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How to Treat Members as Clients

This article identifies several ways we can treat members as clients to ensure that we deliver top customer service to keep our members satisfied.

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#VolunteersBringHeart to Sport

This week is National Volunteer Week 2022 and we’re sharing 3 tips that you can use to appreciate your wonderful volunteers.

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The Process of a Governance Review

This article details the process I take to conduct a governance review for sport organizations, so that they have what they need to make informed governance decisions.

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3 Reasons Small Sport Organizations Hire Consultants

Small sport organizations often believe they cannot afford a sport management consultant or that they don’t have enough going on to hire one, but consultants can help. This article discusses 3 reasons small sport organizations hire consultants to support their work.

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What I Learned from Quadrennial Debriefs

This fall, I supported the facilitation of quadrennial debriefs, the process that Olympic and Paralympic sports go through to evaluate their plans and performance results. I share three things I learned from going through this process.

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Defining Your Organization’s Long-Term Vision

Defining your organization’s long-term vision can anchor the direction of your club and help you appropriately plan for the future. This article discusses why it’s important and how you can do it.

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WeThe15 and Sport

This week, we discuss the WeThe15 campaign, a campaign to build greater knowledge of the barriers and discrimination against persons with disabilities, and how sport organizations can start to expand sport programming for persons with disabilities.

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Converting Youth Athletes to Volunteers

Many sport clubs struggle to find enough volunteers but have an untapped resource in youth athletes. This article offers 4 tips for consideration when converting youth athletes to volunteers.

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Celebrating Women Entrepreneurs

This week, I’m proudly celebrating Women Entrepreneurs Week (May 16-22) in Saskatchewan. As part of this celebration, I’m also thrilled

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Celebrating KidSport

The Article Discusses What KidSport Is, Why Sport Is Important For Kids And What KidSport Does So All Kids Can Play.

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A Dedication to Sport Volunteers

In celebration of National Volunteer Week, a few weeks ago, I write a dedication to sport volunteers for all that they’ve done over the past year.

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Team Building in a Virtual World

This article shares the details of the virtual team building sessions Spark Solutions offers, including the virtual team building parties that celebrated the holidays.

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Creating Better Sport Environments for Trans Athletes

Trans athletes often face exclusionary and discriminatory practices when participating in sport. This week we discuss some of the best practices sport organizations can implement to create more inclusive organizations for trans athletes.

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What’s the Big Deal About Safe Sport

What’s the big deal about safe sport? This article digs into rampant concerns of abuse and hazing in sport and what the sport community is doing to create safe sport.

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From Dream to Strategic Plan

A strategic plan helps sport organizations go from dreams to reality. If you’re struggling to take projects from discussion to reality, start here.

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Using Virtual Volunteers

Consider using virtual volunteers to help achieve your organization’s goals, especially now!

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Participant-Centred Decision Making

Participant-centred decision making is a values based approach to running a sport organization. Learn more about this philosophy and where to begin with implementing it.

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Celebrating Parents in Sport Week!

This week is Parents in Sport Week (October 5-11), celebrated by the organization Active for Life. Where would I be in this world if I had not had the support of my parents in my pursuit of sport? Without a doubt, my life would have looked very different.

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Gender Equity in Sport – Women on Boards

Creating gender equity in sport. The article dives into the reasons why women are underrepresented on volunteer sport boards, and offers 6 ways to improve gender equity.

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Building Inclusion in Sport

This week, I’m celebrating the Special Olympics Global Week of Inclusion and #ChooseToInclude people with disabilities in sport.

Racism in Sport

Racism in Sport

Many sport organizations are wondering how they should work to eliminate racism. This article discusses what to consider before engaging in anti-racism work, and how to comment about that work publicly.

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Spark Solutions: An Origin Story

From a tiny central Saskatchewan town to the Olympic stage in Sochi, Russia, I share some of the moments that have led to my desire to #sparkplay.

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