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Updated Recommended Reading for Nonprofit Leaders

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.

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.

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.

Are Nonprofit Best Practices Stupid?

Nonprofits share many problems. Issues such as donor retention, volunteer turnover, and board member engagement are just a few that plague nonprofits on an ongoing basis. And, not by coincidence, nonprofits also share frustration because common approaches fail to yield positive results. Why continue to invest limited time and resources doing what doesn’t work? Perhaps best practices that don’t produce positive outcomes really are stupid. Speaker colleague Stephen Shapiro has some insight on the matter and shares his solid advice.

Do You Know Your Board Members?

Nonprofit leaders seeking to improve relationships with their board members can benefit from this common-sense wisdom that reminds us of the value of fostering relationships among board members.

Nonprofits Must Adapt

Is your organization willing to honestly assess its performance, challenge current practices, and take action on changes needed for a sustainable future?

Want to Improve Board Performance? Take these Five Steps

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 happen.

Recruit Board Members with Purpose and Process

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.

Articles You Selected as Most Popular

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.

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.

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.

Are Nonprofit Best Practices Stupid?

Nonprofits share many problems. Issues such as donor retention, volunteer turnover, and board member engagement are just a few that plague nonprofits on an ongoing basis. And, not by coincidence, nonprofits also share frustration because common approaches fail to yield positive results. Why continue to invest limited time and resources doing what doesn’t work? Perhaps best practices that don’t produce positive outcomes really are stupid. Speaker colleague Stephen Shapiro has some insight on the matter and shares his solid advice.

Do You Know Your Board Members?

Nonprofit leaders seeking to improve relationships with their board members can benefit from this common-sense wisdom that reminds us of the value of fostering relationships among board members.

Nonprofits Must Adapt

Is your organization willing to honestly assess its performance, challenge current practices, and take action on changes needed for a sustainable future?

Want to Improve Board Performance? Take these Five Steps

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 happen.

Recruit Board Members with Purpose and Process

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.

Articles You Selected as Most Popular

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.