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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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Times like these require a plan!

In times of uncertainty, organizations and their leaders can choose to wait and see what happens next (and hope for the best), or they can choose to chart a course for the future. Just as a frightened animal will freeze in the road as a car approaches, our fear and our uncertainty about which way …
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Board Leadership Turnover and Succession

One of the major issues facing nonprofit boards is the burnout of key members and leaders, which is often a byproduct of a lack of board development and leadership succession. While most boards understand the inherent risks that overdependence on key members can create, they nevertheless continue to struggle with doing anything about it and, …
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How Board Chairs Perceive Their Leadership Roles

The Governance Affinity Group of the Alliance for Nonprofit Management recently published a report based on its survey of 635 nonprofit board chairs from across the country- As one of the few studies devoted to nonprofit board chairs, it sought to answer two research questions: “How do individuals prepare for their role as chair of …
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