I recently had a client ask me to explain to his board why they need to be engaged. I tried not to be surprised. Then I realized this was a bigger deal than I may have realized. As I talked to his volunteers, I got a mix of perspectives: * One thought they should be [...]
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When it comes to board meetings, this is one of the fastest ways to make me nuts. I'm begging you....please don't. Let’s think about why you have board meetings: * To build relationships amongst board members so they work well together * To focus their attention on the most important priorities of the organization * [...]
It’s been invigorating to see so many nonprofits focusing on planning now that we’re seeing light at the end of the pandemic tunnel. And yet I’m surprised when I ask how they are engaging the community and getting feedback from stakeholders and influencers. Most haven’t thought about it. It’s a grave error to try to [...]
I know you’re tired. I know you might want to close your eyes and forget things for a while. You deserve that. And the world keeps spinning, so….let’s think about those people working alongside you who are volunteering to serve. I know you’re grateful for them. Did you know demonstrating gratitude is good [...]
That’s right – it’s possible to conduct energetic orientations that inspire your new members! A common concern among nonprofit CEOs is how to conduct an effective orientation for new board members. Understand something: a one-time orientation session isn’t the solution alone. A year-long onboarding plan needs to be in place. For now, let’s start at [...]
What's all the fuss about? Would it really be so bad to do away these boards? I mean, they're kind of a lot to handle, right? I started this blog nine years ago. This post is the 4th one I wrote back then. And after a recent conversation with a nonprofit CEO who was grousing [...]