Hardy's Blog

Welcome to Hardy Smith's blog, where he shares experience and insight learned through decades in the corporate world and advocating on behalf of nonprofits and associations across America.

Hardy's mission is to help maximize the performance of nonprofits and associations and their essential leadership teams.

If you’re seeking to triumph over communication challenges, bring meaningful and manageable solutions to, and realize measurable results of your organization, this blog will give you more than ideas -- it will maximize your team’s performance like never before.

Why Nonprofit Board Prospects Say Yes
When you are recruiting board members, what gets your prospects to yes? Survey responses identified several major considerations that influence a prospect’s decision before a commitment to yes is made. Read More >>
Why Nonprofit Board Prospects Say No
Why do board-member prospects say No? The response could actually have meaning that goes much deeper than “not enough time” or “not having a connection with the cause.” Read More >>
Commit to Making Board Diversity Work
Board members representing diverse communities become frustrated with a lack of full-in organizational commitment to diversity. Dr. Shirley Davis, a recognized global workforce expert who specializes in diversity and inclusion, offers advice for achieving organizational diversity. Read More >>
3 Reasons Why Surveying Volunteers is Worth Your Time
When's the last time you surveyed your volunteers? Guest writer Vickie Pleus is a public-relations professional with three reasons why it's always a good idea. Read More >>
Make Meetings Matter
Making your meetings matter will motivate board members to attend. They will know that their time is being respected, their opinions are being considered, and their commitment is producing worthwhile outcomes. Read More >>
What Are You Reading?
Anyone in a nonprofit leadership role is wise to seek out and read resources that will help them grow in knowledge, identify solutions and get creative! Check out the books I'm picking up this month. Read More >>
How to Achieve Volunteer Engagement
Recruiting, retaining, and leading volunteers can be a challenge. In her book "From LIbrary Volunteer to Library Advocate," Carla Campbell Lehn delivers a well-defined case for rethinking how volunteers are engaged and provides guidance for implementing a successful volunteer program. Read More >>
Make a Plan to Plan

Pre-planning provides a more organized approach that will make your activity more effective through efficient the use of time, which people will appreciate. Planning on the front end creates an intentional approach that stimulates enthusiasm among participants and creates a foundation for planning success.

Is Your Nonprofit Due for a Makeover?
Publix isn't standing still. They are constantly looking for ways to improve. Is it time for your nonprofit to consider a makeover? Here is a seven-question 'points of difference' checklist to stimulate your thinking. Read More >>
Hall of Fame Leadership Lessons
Would you like to reach Hall of Fame level of success? Then you will want to follow the right path. In my life I have been lucky enough to receive invaluable leadership lessons from personal and professional relationships with five individuals who have achieved hall of fame level recognition in their professions. Read More >>