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Board Members Zoning Out? Stop Reading the CEO Report

Posted by Robert B. Acton on Oct 9, 2017 10:14:00 AM

FADE IN:

INT. THE BOARDROOM – NIGHT

PETER, the board chair, invites Susan, the organization’s passionate chief executive, to begin her Executive Director Report as the next item on the board meeting agenda. Susan turns to page 12 of the 60-page board packet that she and her team have diligently...

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Topics: BoardSource Leadership Forum, meetings, board engagement

Transform the Bored Room: Firecracker Facilitation Tips

Posted by Emily Davis on Oct 3, 2017 3:58:02 PM

This post is one in a series of posts written by nonprofit leaders who are presenting sessions at the 2017 BoardSource Leadership Forum taking place in Seattle, October 18-20. We hope you will be joining us there.

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Topics: Board Best Practices, BoardSource Leadership Forum, meetings, board engagement

Generative Governance: Making Sense of Problems through Critical Inquiry

Posted by Makiyah Moody on Jul 11, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Board meetings tend to remind me of sitcoms: a genre of comedy centered on characters who share a common environment, such as a home, workplace, or a boardroom, with laughable moments. There is usually a board member who lacks self-awareness (i.e. Kramer from Seinfeld), someone who has a very...

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Topics: meetings, Generative Governance

How to "Host" a Successful Board Meeting

Posted by Natalie Hanlon on Jun 29, 2016 11:36:31 AM

The board meeting was only at the 30-minute mark, but eyes were already starting to droop. The AC was out, and the small fans whirred in the background like a white noise machine. Prior to the meeting, board members were treated to a 4-course lunch, and the rich food was adding to the...

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Topics: meetings

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

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