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.
March 21, 2019

Past President’s Syndrome

What happens to the “past” president of the organization?
March 18, 2019

Why Should They Volunteer?

According the 2013 Bureau of Labor Statistics’ report on Volunteering in the United States, the volunteer rate has been the lowest since 2002.
March 18, 2019

Who Sits Next to You at the Board Table?

The calibre of directors serving on the board impacts governance and outcomes.
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.”
March 7, 2019

Board and Staff – Dysfunction, Function and Leadership

What does dysfunction look like? How do we fix it?
March 7, 2019

Directors Wear Many Hats

The director walked into the board meeting with an agenda of her own. She said, “My chapter expects the state board to resolve our situation.” What hat was she wearing; a chapter director, a board member? She got on the board because the bylaws allow for representation from each chapter.
March 4, 2019

Instill Confidence in New Board Members

A common response of new directors is, “I won’t say anything during my first six months of meetings; I’ll just be an observer.”
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.
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 11, 2019

When the Board Meeting Ends

Everyone has good intentions. But the pressures of competing priorities and limited time often put organizational work on the back burner.
June 30, 2018

Freedom to Associate – July 4 – Independence Day

Freedom to Associate, as defined by Wikipedia, encompasses both an individual’s right to join or leave groups voluntarily, the right of the group to take collective action to pursue the interests […]