“Board Building” – Articles

Want a Better Board of Directors?

Want a Better Board of Directors?

Start with incredible board members.   Having a reliable board of directors is key to a well run agency, and I'm often asked what makes a high-value board member. This question usually comes from a board chair or CEO who has or anticipates having one or more...

Nonprofit Resources: 3 Free Downloads to Make Your Agency Better

Nonprofit Resources: 3 Free Downloads to Make Your Agency Better

Managing nonprofit resources can be one of the most difficult and yet rewarding experiences for a leader. There are numerous demands on your time, and some days the problems and challenges can seem endless.  Today I want to help make your life easier, by providing...

Ready for Change: The Role of a Board of Directors

Ready for Change: The Role of a Board of Directors

The role of a Board of Directors has remained the same over the years...for the most part. A board sets the direction, raises funds, provides financial and program oversight, and ensures all laws and regulations are followed. However, what has changed is the level of...

Step 1 in Leadership Development: Know Yourself

Step 1 in Leadership Development: Know Yourself

When we think Leadership Development, we often think of others first... But sometimes we over look a critical element -- knowing ourselves... When I first became the CEO of an organization, I was very excited and confident. I knew what needed to be done and was quite...

Nonprofit Governance: What Is It and Why Does it Matter?

Nonprofit Governance: What Is It and Why Does it Matter?

Why are some nonprofit agencies so successful, how do they run so smoothly, and how does the board and staff work so well together? It begins with mutual appreciation and respect for one another, as well as excellent communication within the agency. In addition, the...

Is a Board of Directors Really Important?

Is a Board of Directors Really Important?

Board of Directors Role: What Exactly Should Your Board Be Doing? Throughout my time with nonprofits, I’ve noticed that a board, along with its directors ability to fulfill their roles and responsibilities can be the difference between a high impact agency, a low...

Four Ways Board Training Can Help Your Nonprofit

Four Ways Board Training Can Help Your Nonprofit

Why do some boards demonstrate a culture of excellence year after year, while some seem to struggle with getting directors to show up for meetings or to make important decisions?  Why do some agencies have a waiting list of board candidates, while others (maybe yours)...

Dealing with Problem Board Members

Dealing with Problem Board Members

Leading a board would be so fulfilling, so rewarding, and so cool if it weren’t for those problem board members, right? True confession time: You’ve definitely had these thoughts. I know you have...I’ve had gallons of coffee (and an occasional scone, or two) with so...

What is Nonprofit Governance and Why Does it Matter?

What is Nonprofit Governance and Why Does it Matter?

Have you ever wondered why some nonprofit agencies are so successful, why they run so smoothly, or why the board and staff members work so well together? It could be due to everyone liking and respecting each other. It could also be due to everyone having a lot of...

5 Reasons Why Board Training is Critical to Nonprofit Success 

5 Reasons Why Board Training is Critical to Nonprofit Success 

Why is it some boards demonstrate a culture of excellence year after year while some seem to struggle just to get a majority of directors to show up for meetings or to make important decisions? Why do some nonprofits seem to show up everywhere in your community while...

5 Reasons Why You Need a Board of Directors (Besides the Obvious)

5 Reasons Why You Need a Board of Directors (Besides the Obvious)

More often than not, I can tell when an executive director is preparing for a board meeting. He or she is usually a little on edge and short on patience. The team may be a bit "amped up" with people running around creating reports, copying documents, preparing talking...

10 Ways to Deal With Difficult People in Your Nonprofit

10 Ways to Deal With Difficult People in Your Nonprofit

On the surface, leading a nonprofit might look like a piece of cake. You assemble a group of people passionate about the mission, point them in the right direction and get out of their way. For the most part, there are no ego problems, no hidden agendas, and no one...

5 Things Every Board Member Wishes You New

5 Things Every Board Member Wishes You New

Whether you are a board chair or an executive director, leading a nonprofit is a special calling. It’s exciting, unnerving, challenging, and fulfilling. It’s a role most of us wouldn’t give up for anything… We've all been there. You find yourself sitting at the head...

Improving Board Effectiveness: Why Isn’t My Board Better?

Improving Board Effectiveness: Why Isn’t My Board Better?

Why Isn't My Board Better? Keeping up with the Jones’ is about as American as Apple Pie and baseball.  I sense it is alive and well in the nonprofit world, too. Specifically, I hear nonprofit leaders often whispering, “Why isn’t my board better?” “Why can’t we do the...

Nonprofit Risk Management: Is Your Agency Exposed To Risk?

Nonprofit Risk Management: Is Your Agency Exposed To Risk?

     As a nonprofit leader, your attention is drawn in many different directions in the course of a week, sometimes, all at once. You are responsible to look into the future to ensure the agency is headed in the right direction. You also need to look internally to...

The Hardest Question Every Executive Director Must Answer

The Hardest Question Every Executive Director Must Answer

The Hardest Question Every Executive Director Must Answer At some level, every executive director’s job is similar to other directors in the community. Each leads the organization, raises funds, recruits, ensures clients are being served well, all while serving as the...

4 Things Successful Nonprofit Leaders Do Every Week

4 Things Successful Nonprofit Leaders Do Every Week

Guard Your Calendar Wisely Your role as an executive director is much more than a 9-5 job. You may have breakfast meetings, dinner meetings and late evening meetings. Sometimes, your Saturdays turn into full work days, too. During the day you are meeting with donors,...

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