Category Archives: Bylaws

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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A Winding Way

I am flying at about 30,000 feet across the Great Plains of the United States. It’s a clear day and I can see far below. And then as far as my eye can see to the north, stretches the Missouri … Continue reading

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Managing conflicts between board/CEO…

Our board has been working on a conflict/dispute policy and protocol for how we interact with the many different stakeholders that we serve. However, as we deliberated on this, some board members asked, “What if the conflict is in the … Continue reading

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Managing technology and attention in the boardroom

It’s one thing to begin using electronic dockets, but the challenge doesn’t end there. I have spoken with many CEOs and board chairs who are frustrated with how board members are texting, checking e-mail, doing web searches, and messing with … Continue reading

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Remember who you are

I recently attended church. I often do. It’s a good habit! The worship leader began by telling us a story. When she was an adolescent and leaving the house for the evening, her parents would tell her to “remember who … Continue reading

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Who do we name it?

There is no doubt that many religiously affiliated nonprofits no longer relate to their founding community of faith in the same way that they did in the founding years of the organization. There are many reasons that the structures and … Continue reading

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“Cookin’ it Just Right’

Our national board met recently in Phoenix. One of the major items we addressed was an opportunity to expand our national work quite significantly with little capital outlay. The opportunity came before us just 6 weeks before the meeting. Many … Continue reading

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