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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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Successful Succession Planning Begins with Building Your Bench Strength

More often than not, nonprofit board members think about succession planning only when it has already become transition planning—the organization’s chief executive has announced that she is departing or retiring and the board is in a state of panic. Given enough lead time (18-24 months) the board has time to engage in “departure defined” succession …
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Succession Planning – 3 Definitions and Approaches

The phone call is often from a board member, and it usually begins this way: “We need help with succession planning.” However, what they actually want and how they have come to define “succession planning” usually takes some work to uncover. It could be they need help in developing a predictable succession of board officers. …
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Preparing for Nonprofit Leadership Retirements

For more than a decade, demographers and nonprofit experts have been sounding the alarm about an enormous wave of leadership retirements poised to sweep through the nonprofit sector as baby-boomers reach retirement age. This “wave” is sure to change, and is changing, the nonprofit leadership landscape, but how it impacts the sector will depend greatly …
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A Successful Search Begins with Clarity of Vision

When faced with a nonprofit leadership transition, it isn’t surprising that the board of directors will rush to get the job posted and the search underway as quickly as possible. While it may feel like time is of the essence, our recommendation is to take time upfront to consider together—as a board—what your vision for …
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When it’s time to go – guidance for long-time leaders

My New Year’s resolution in 2005 was to step-down from my job as president of our region’s United Way. After 11 years in what I still describe as “the best real job I’ve ever had,” it definitely wasn’t an easy decision. I had too much regard for the organization, the people, and my community to …
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A Guide to the Interview Process

Once you’ve posted your job, collected the résumés, and identified the most promising applicants, it will be time to begin the interview process. But where to begin? Phone interviews as a first step – As search consultants, we often conduct phone interviews with promising candidates. In a call we can quickly get a read on …
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