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March 4, 2019

Technology Improves the Consent Agenda

The consent agenda is a tool to facilitate more effective board meetings. Adding technology to the concept improves ease of use and impact.
February 28, 2019

Taming Committee Reports at Board Meetings

Committee reports can use up valuable time at board meetings. Directors sit through a litany of reports and updates; the average is 15 to 17 per meeting. Often they start with, “Our committee didn’t really meet but I can give you an update on how we’re doing…” (There goes another 15 minutes!)
February 25, 2019

Board Decorum

When directors join a board they expect to receive and read the governing documents. The bylaws, policies and articles of incorporation outline board authority and limitations. […]
February 25, 2019

Information Digestion – How to Prepare the Board without Overloading

The key to making this transition to a more condensed packet is not to make it all at once.
February 21, 2019

Build Upon the Mission

Every nonprofit has a mission or a statement of purpose. It communicates the organization’s reason for existence and public benefit.
February 21, 2019

Innovation or Evolution in your Organization?

How important is innovation versus evolution? Do non-profit organizations today innovate or evolve or is it a combination of the two?
February 18, 2019

The Member Minute and Mission Moment

Directors are expected to represent the interests of members. At board meetings it seems like the board is disconnected or unaware of the membership.
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.
March 28, 2019

Managing Your Board’s Expectations and Your Staff’s Workload During Strategic Planning

Everyday there are many nonprofits in the world moving through the beginnings of a strategic plan. In every one of these sessions, nonprofit boards are creating the roadmap for their organizations, which is exciting.
March 25, 2019

Plastering the Mission Statement

The mission statement is the purpose or reason for existence. It should frame nearly every discussion, program, action and decision by boards and committees.
March 22, 2019

Governance Article Compilation – Spring 2019

Governance is amorphous — without clarity, shape or form. It is open to interpretation by the board, staff and members. Click “View” to view or download […]
March 21, 2019

Advice from Association Past Presidents

We invited a half dozen association past presidents to lunch, asking them to share governance tips with the new board members.