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Hiring a Nonprofit Executive: Cautionary Tale - Don't Settle for Less!
This by Amy Wishnick article is the first of two that discuss what can go wrong when hiring a nonprofit executive. She cautions against settling for less.
Capacity Building Readiness Assessments – A Meaningful Diagnostic
Over the years, I have conducted many assessments for nonprofit organizations. In every instance, the findings have been, in one way or another, revealing. This post discusses the value of capacity building readiness assessments.
Happy Fiscal New Year – a New Beginning
The start of the fiscal year, even if not recognized with champagne and fireworks, often signals new beginnings. In the months and weeks leading up to July, there is often a burst of activity in nonprofit organizations. Nonprofit executives and their boards of directors create and ratify new budgets. Perhaps the governance or nominating committee puts forth a slate of new directors. Officers sometimes step into new leadership roles. In some years, there will be a new board chair; in others, a board chair may be considering how to have an impact during the final year in office.
Leadership Succession Planning: What’s on the Other Side?
Consulting with nonprofits on strategic planning and organizational development, I’ve seen how succession planning has emerged as a very important task for the board and executive leadership. Succession planning involves developing talent within an organization to assume higher levels of responsibility, as well as identifying a plan for seamless continuity when the executive director/CEO leaves.
A Case Against Playing Good Cop, Bad Cop with the Board
Bad news is a fact of life, including organizational life, and it can be difficult to deliver. There are times, for example, when budgets are tight and the staff needs to be cut, is asked to take voluntary furloughs, or must accept delayed paychecks. Or, services or hours of operation need to be cut back. It can be tempting to blame these unpleasant decisions on the board, since the board may be a mysterious, unseen reality that staff rarely encounter. But avoid this temptation...
Three Reasons Why the Strategic Planning Process Is as Important as the Plan
If you have ever been involved with your organization’s strategic planning process (and I’m assuming you have), you may have had concerns about the overlay of activity on an already high-tempo organization. However, there is wisdom to the time commitment required in strategic planning. The process of creating the strategic plan necessitates a deep and…