Author Archives: Rick

Discipline of board members

Every once in a while, even the behavior of the most well-intentioned board members can become problematic. This can create immense stress in the boardroom and may present unique challenges to senior leadership.  Let me illustrate: Going outside the boardroom … Continue reading

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The board’s role in executive transition

Of the many responsibilities of a nonprofit board, there are few as consequential as the selection of the executive director or CEO. Here are a few words of counsel I would offer any board as they consider a future executive … Continue reading

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Do we really need boards? (Part 3)

I have been reminded again and again why even boards, human though they may be, are so important. A third simple story I am familiar with a board that is cross-wise with its CEO. All are competent. All are good … Continue reading

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Do we really need boards? (Part 2)

I have been reminded again and again why even boards, human though they may be, are so important. A second simple story (I will share the third one in the next blog post) I spent time with a board that, … Continue reading

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Do we really need boards? (Part 1)

I interact with nonprofit boards all over the country. Every once in a while I reflect: how is it we get anything done in the nonprofit sector? The sector depends on competent boards and CEOs. Yet so many times I … Continue reading

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Board Chairs: Qualification and Orientation

The 2016 study of board chairs, “Voices of Board Chairs” by the Alliance for Nonprofit Management, observed that most individuals become board chairs after a period of service on a board sub-committee. Often that, coupled with a willingness to chair … Continue reading

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Board Chairs: What the Really Good Ones Do

I have interacted with numerous boards and board chairs across the country. They are any under-studied species. What do they think and do? A recent study, “Voices of Board Chairs” by the Alliance for Nonprofit Management, is one of the … Continue reading

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