Category Archives: Strategic Planning

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

Posted in Board Chairs, Board of Directors, Boards, Culture, Executive Sessions, Governance, Non-profit, Strategic Planning | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Board Chairs, Board of Directors, Boards, Culture, Executive Sessions, Governance, Non-profit, Strategic Planning, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Board Chairs, Board of Directors, Boards, Culture, Executive Sessions, Governance, Non-profit, Strategic Planning | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Agenda, Board Chairs, Board of Directors, Boards, Culture, Executive Sessions, Governance, Non-profit, Strategic Planning | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Agenda, Board Chairs, Board of Directors, Boards, Culture, Executive Sessions, Governance, Non-profit, Strategic Planning | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Agenda, Board Chairs, Board of Directors, Boards, Culture, Governance, Non-profit, Strategic Planning | Leave a comment

Board Member Exit Interviews

Sounds unique…but perhaps helpful? BoardSource recently offered a set of ideas about the principles that might be applied in practicing exit interviews. The question is: “Are you as a board gleaning any helpful insight from board members who are completing … Continue reading

Posted in Agenda, Board Chairs, Board of Directors, Boards, Culture, Executive Sessions, Governance, Non-profit, Strategic Planning, Term limits | Leave a comment