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The Dollar Cost of Searching for a New Leader

One of the early questions board members face in a leadership transition is, “How much is this going to cost?” While the answer often begins with, “That depends,” here are the kinds of expenses you might anticipate: Search consultant – It is not unusual for search consultants to charge 25% to 33% of the first …
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Starboard Leadership Consulting Announces A New Hire

Starboard Leadership Consulting, an affiliate of the law firm of Rudman Winchell, has announced the appointment of Mary Aselton Budd as managing director.  Budd will join the president and founder Jeff Wahlstrom in managing the seven-member firm and in leading Starboard’s organizational development work in Maine. Budd, a resident of Bangor, consulted primarily in the …
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Starboard Leadership Consulting Announces A New Hire

Starboard Leadership Consulting is pleased to announce that they have added Mike Hyde, of Trenton Maine, to their team of consultants. Hyde will join Starboard as a Consulting Partner and brings with him 40 years of experience in nonprofit management, most recently as Vice President for External Affairs and Strategic Partnerships at The Jackson Laboratory …
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Succession Strategies for Board Leadership

I recently met with an executive director of a nonprofit who told me, “My board chair and my treasurer are both ‘interim’.” When I asked the E.D. what that meant, the reply was: “Neither of them wants to continue as officers, but no one else from the board will take their places.” I wish I …
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What I want from my board chair

I have the good fortune of facilitating a monthly conversation with a group of first-time and relatively new nonprofit executive directors. After the first meeting, I asked them to identify topics on which we could focus future discussion. Not surprisingly (at least to me), the top choice was “the board and executive director relationship—effective relationships …
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Building Board Leaders Requires a Process

Any experienced nonprofit CEO will tell you that they can do their jobs more effectively when they have a strong board leadership team with which to partner. Yet many nonprofits struggle to find and nurture strong board leaders, and when they are successful they tend to become overly reliant upon them and risk burnout. It’s …
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