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February 18, 2019

Your Board’s Information Curve

Your board members have a fiduciary duty to its members in three areas; the duties of care, loyalty and obedience.
February 14, 2019

Freedom to Associate

We are fortunate to benefit from the First Amendment to the US Constitution in 1791 affording the rights to association: Freedom of Assembly, Freedom of Speech and the Right to Petition of Government.
February 11, 2019

Founder’s Syndrome

Imagine how uncomfortable the board was to hear the founder of the organization assert that although the bylaws prescribed term limits, he was not ready to step aside.
February 7, 2019

Did Your Organization Lose Its Executive Director? The Top 10 Skillsets To Look For In Your Next Executive Director?

Losing your executive director one day is not only possible but will happen sometime in the future.
February 7, 2019

“Jump the Curve” With Your Nonprofit Organization in 2016: 10 Ways to Remain Relevant

What do we need to do in 2016 not only move our organization forward to but to make a leap forward or “jump the curve” in how we compete and deliver member value?
February 7, 2019

Disruptive Innovation for Nonprofits in 2016

As we enter another year, how do we innovate and disrupt in our nonprofit organizations in order to increase relevance and value to our members so we don’t continue to do the “same old, same old”?
February 4, 2019

Say What?

These examples are real-life questions that were asked by board members.
January 31, 2019

Helping Your Board Develop a Sense of Urgency and Improve Decision-Making

How many times do we feel like we are stuck driving through mud in our organizations waiting for a key decision to be made on a sensitive or urgent issue?
January 28, 2019

Failing To Use Data is Failing Your Nonprofit Organization- 5 ways to not lose ground during decision-making

Data is the cornerstone of good decision-making and is highly necessary for Board and staff effectiveness.
January 24, 2019

7 Tips for Managing the Most Precious Resource in 2017 – Time

The most precious resource in the world is not gold but something more valuable, time.
January 21, 2019

Changing Dynamics in the Board Room

As of the first quarter of 2015, the Millennial generation is the largest portion of the U.S. workforce and your association’s market of members and leaders.
January 13, 2019

Organizational Change Happening? Don’t Forget Your Bylaws!

Bylaws are a set of “rules” that provide the framework for your organization but are sometimes overlooked when organizational change happens.
January 12, 2019

Lots of Programs, Lots of Confusion: Evaluate. Understand. Bundle. Repeat.

Successful associations have adopted a corporate retail bundling approach and an understanding of member needs through targeting services.
January 12, 2019

How To Build Your Operational Work Plan AFTER the Board Adopts the Strategic Plan

In order to execute, your operational work plan needs to chart a very clear path over a period of time.
January 12, 2019

Collaborate or Die: Building a Collaborative Board

Building the mindset in turn builds a great team and a great team innovates through great collaboration. But, how do we get there?
January 12, 2019

The Board Orientation – A critical fiduciary element that is sometimes forgotten

The importance of an orientation is to help the Board fulfill the duties they have been entrusted with by the members of your organization.
January 12, 2019

Board Room “Rules” To Live By

It is vital to the meeting and the organization to create a set of guidelines to abide by at every Board, committee or other meeting.
January 12, 2019

Board Getting Bogged Down and Off Track at the Board Table – Take Back Control

Keeping a Board on track during a meeting is an art form and even the best facilitator sometimes needs other tools to control a Board that has gone “off the rails.”
March 14, 2019

Curbing Mission Creep and Micromanagement

Mission creep and micromanagement are disorders of a board. The symptoms and cures are different. Both create disruption in an organization.
March 14, 2019

Project Manager or Minute Taker, Does it Really Matter?

How much time, care and preparation do we put into board meetings?
March 11, 2019

It’s All About the Results?

Performance excellence in a non-profit cannot occur without performance measures.
March 11, 2019

Chasing Squirrels

If you’ve heard it once you’ve heard it dozens of times at board meetings: “I just have a question.”