Define Roles and Engage Board Members

I was told about a board where the ED worked very hard for months on a strategic planning document. The ED worked with staff and got input from community partners. Board members were not part of the process. When the ED brought the final plan to the board, they tore it apart. I share this story often. People join boards because they are passionate about the mission and want to add value to the organization. Organizations spend a lot of effort identifying board members with great skills such as finance, communications, marketing, and fund raising. And then there is this… Read more

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 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 Board… Read more

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. Read more