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Do You Know Your Board Members?

Posted by Hardy Smith on Aug 29, 2018 11:58:33 AM

I worked on my family’s dairy farm through high school and college, but the twice-a-day milking routine never came easy for me. Summers were stifling hot; winter mornings at 3 a.m. were often below freezing.

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Topics: Culture

The 3 Gotta-Haves for Boards Seeking Impact and Scale

Posted by Donald Summers on Jul 18, 2018 12:15:00 PM

An exciting, grand historical evolution of American society is taking place: For-profit and nonprofit domains are converging. Many of the entrepreneurial and organizational practices and frameworks found most frequently in the business world are finding increased adoption in the social sector,...

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Topics: Culture, similarities in for-profits and nonprofits, strategic planning

It's Time for Nonprofit Boards to Have a Conversation About Sexual Misconduct

Posted by Anne Wallestad, President & CEO, BoardSource on Feb 22, 2018 12:05:00 PM

Anne Wallestad shared her thoughts on the board’s role in protecting an organization’s people from sexual misconduct in today’s issue of the Nonprofit Quarterly. We summarize her thoughts here but encourage you to read It’s Time for Nonprofit Boards to Have a Conversation About Sexual Misconduct...

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Topics: Culture, Current Events

Want to Improve Board Performance? Take these Five Steps

Posted by Hardy Smith on Apr 13, 2017 4:00:00 PM

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...

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Topics: board engagement, Culture

Moving From Dissonance to Harmony: Managing Conflict on the Board

Posted by Jill Sarah Moscowitz on Oct 14, 2016 9:29:55 AM

Power struggles, miscommunication, and differences of opinion are bound to show up on any nonprofit board and can intensify when an organization is undergoing an executive transition. When conflict arises, one's first instinct might be to avoid it, but conflict can actually present an...

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Topics: Culture, Chief Executive Transition

A Child's View of Nonprofit Board Culture

Posted by Liz Wooten Reschke on Jun 9, 2016 8:30:00 AM

As both a mom and a consultant in the nonprofit sector, I often wonder what my world looks like to my two young children, who currently understand very little about what “mommy does.” What, for example, might they conclude about board culture if they were to venture with me into a nonprofit...

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Topics: Culture, meetings

Leadership of the Board Chair in Creating Board Culture

Posted by Mindy R. Wertheimer, Ph.D., LCSW on Jun 2, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Are you the next or the new board chair? Thinking about it in your future? Routinely, a new board chair begins to receive advice – and warnings – from others such as “but we have always done it that way,” or “don’t rock the boat” and, on the flip side, “breathe new life into our board” or...

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Topics: Culture, Board Chair

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