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We are happy to share what we learn, and we do this as workshop instructors, by developing curriculum for the Maine Association of Nonprofits and individual clients, and by offering advice on our Starboard blog. Take a look. You just might find the guidance you need!

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Recruiting board members who are a good fit

If you have ever been on a board with a board member who was a “bad fit,” you know how one person can change your perception of board service. You approach meetings with the secret hope that he won’t be there. You worry in advance about how he might react to the report you’ll be …
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Board members must have a shared commitment

It should probably go without saying that boards that function like a successful team have a shared commitment—a shared commitment to the mission and a shared vision for the organization’s future. However, in the board assessment work I do as a consultant, it is very, very common to find that board members aren’t sure whether …
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Building a winning board team

Sometimes it is hard to avoid sports analogies when it comes to talking about board governance. A well-functioning board of directors is very much like a successful sports team—a group of talented individuals, each with unique and complementary strengths, all setting aside their personal agendas to help the entire organization achieve success. As the board …
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Why you should want term limits

I used to waffle a bit on this, but no more. Term limits are a very, very good thing for board members and for officers. While there are some wonderful nonprofits led by some wonderful board members and officers who have been there for years and years, I’ve become convinced that the benefits of turnover …
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“Board mentors” – a strategy for engaging new board members

Joining a new board can feel at first as if you’ve joined a private club. While you are struggling to figure out where to sit and what to do, everyone else seems to know each other and to have a shared history and vocabulary (which often includes an assortment of baffling acronyms). Despite whatever amount …
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