Category Archives: Agenda

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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Still Bogged Down

In my last post, I wrote about what seems to be the political “bog” we are in as a nation. It appears polarization continues unabated. We seem indeed bogged down. It’s nowhere more obvious in the war of hyperbole about … Continue reading

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Culture does matter

In my last post, I began to probe the challenge of finding wisdom in the boardroom. Wisdom is a cultural marker. It’s been observed that culture trumps strategy or said another way, culture eats strategy for lunch. You get the … Continue reading

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Finding our Way to Wisdom

I have been thinking a lot about the fundamental role of nonprofit governing boards. We teachers or consultants on governance, opine about the board’s stewardship and fiduciary responsibilities. We offer advice on how to engage in more strategic work. We … Continue reading

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Curiosity

“Generative” board work is a term introduced in the book, Governance as Leadership: Reframing the Work of Nonprofit Boards (2005). It’s a great contribution to the literature and thinking about nonprofit board work. Chait, Ryan, and Taylor (the authors) observed … Continue reading

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Audacity or Atrophy

A friend and peer executive recently spoke on her experience as a CEO with several organizations. She observed that effectively adapting to our environment requires audacity. Her observation was that if boards and CEOs can’t or don’t act boldly, they … Continue reading

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