Nonprofits have long been challenged by unmet expectations in board member engagement and performance.
The latest research from BoardSource reinforces the prevalence of this issue. Leading With Intent: 2017 National Index of Nonprofit Board Practices reports that a high percentage of nonprofits...more
With his personal finances spinning out of control, Steve Carell’s character in the television series The Office gathered everyone around and announced, “I declare bankruptcy!” His co-workers then explained that using bankruptcy as a path to deal with financial difficulties involved more than a...more
To infinity and beyond! Isn’t that a great and energizing phrase? Buzz Lightyear would certainly agree, as it’s his mission: To go further, be stronger, and ultimately be successful. Those of us who know the movie Toy Story can relate to his motivations. But we also recognize the many struggles...more
Nonprofit leaders seeking to improve relationships with board members can start by focusing on being a good communicator.
What is the significance of good communication?
Whenever I ask audiences what they believe is the most essential element of a successful long-term relationship, they always...more
How often have you heard about frustration with nonprofit board members not being as engaged as they should be?
Perhaps you have experienced this trying situation yourself.
It’s a common complaint and it’s voiced by nonprofit staff and board members alike. Engagement expectations that can range...more
Topics: board engagement
When I ask audiences of nonprofit leaders to indicate how many of them engage in strategic planning, have an annual action plan, or make time to plan out the projects and activities that are critical to their success, the all too familiar response is that many don’t.
Ironically, those same...more
Topics: strategic planning