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Want to Improve Board Performance? Take these Five Steps
Want to Improve Board Performance? Take these Five Steps Mon, Apr 24, 2017 Changing board performance culture is also much more complex than simply announcing to board members, “I declare a new culture!” A successful transformation takes time and a focused process. Here are five steps to make your board revitalization happe... Read More

Recruit Board Members with Purpose and Process
Recruit Board Members with Purpose and Process Mon, Feb 13, 2017 Do you have an effective process for recruiting board members? Take it from the pros: It's worth the effort to secure the right board members for the right job. It starts by refusing to settle for less than what your organization needs. Read More

Creating a Culture of Collaboration, Nonprofits Can Learn from Pixar
Creating a Culture of Collaboration, Nonprofits Can Learn from Pixar Sat, Feb 11, 2017 Despite the recognized benefits of collaboration, being aligned internally and putting collaboration into practice is often easier said than done. I recently worked with a nonprofit organization embroiled in a heated internal struggle between the adm... Read More

Articles You Selected as Most Popular
Articles You Selected as Most Popular Wed, Dec 28, 2016 You voted by your interest and dedicated reading of my blog, and the results are in! Check out my five most popular articles, and start the New Year off with focused strategies to help make your nonprofit more effective than ever before. Read More

Are Nonprofit Best Practices Stupid?
Are Nonprofit Best Practices Stupid? Thu, Dec 01, 2016 Why continue to do what doesn't work? Evaluate your practices to see if they are producing positive outcomes. If they're not, change them. My speaker colleague Stephen Shapiro has insight how to do just that. Read More

Improve Communication to Improve Board Performance
Improve Communication to Improve Board Performance Tue, Oct 11, 2016 Nonprofit leaders seeking to improve board member performance can start by focusing on being good communicators. According to board members participating in my research, lack of good communication often creates many of the issues affecting board and ... Read More

Change Your Approach to Board Engagement
Change Your Approach to Board Engagement Wed, Aug 31, 2016 Are you experiencing a lack of engagement by your board members? In fact, it's a topic all my nonprofit and association friends can relate to. Consider that a new solution is needed and strategic steps are required to turn the tide and shift the mome... Read More

Preparation: Not Just for Olympians
Preparation: Not Just for Olympians Tue, Aug 16, 2016 Do not fall short. Avoid the consequences that could come from not being prepared for your challenges. Read More

Rethink Board Engagement
Rethink Board Engagement Wed, Jun 29, 2016 Clarifying expectations and improving communications during recruitment are two methods to help ensure board member accountability. Read More

Nonprofits, Think Like the Cows
Nonprofits, Think Like the Cows Mon, May 30, 2016 Whether it’s clients, members, board members, volunteers, donors, or sponsors, who is it you need to think more like? Read More

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