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Changing Course for More Impact

For my inaugural post, I decided to share a positive story. An inspiring young ED had a vision for increased impact. But making it happen required an experienced board chair as co-leader. This story hits on many topics: the role of the board in managing the ED, the role of the board chair vs. the ED, and the need for a generative board to support change. Underlying all was a strong, respectful, and trusting relationship between the board chair and the ED.

Big Red Flag: You Don’t Have to Do Anything

In my first blog, I wrote about a great trusting relationship between a board chair and ED that allowed a nonprofit to transform itself and have much greater impact. My second post LINK talked about the impact of strained relationships between board leadership and the rest of the board. In this post, I describe an organization that found itself at great risk because no one was paying attention. But by implementing some processes and hiring consultants, the board chair was able to get back on track and start the fun part of being on a board – strategy. How One…

Lack of Transparency Erodes Trust

For my first blog, I shared a story about a board chair who stepped up to help the ED in time of important and impactful change. The organization successfully survived the change because of the trusting relationship between the board chair and the ED and because the board deeply supported the ED, going far beyond what they thought would be expected. For my second blog, I am sharing two stories by the same individual who notes that when a board chair or executive committee become too powerful, trust erodes. This individual shares their ideas about trust, transparency, and having clear…