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You Just Hired an Interim Executive Director. Now What?
In 2018, Stephen Nill invited me to share with you my most recent experience where I stepped in as the interim executive. I did that in my article, You Are Now the Interim Executive. Now What? In this article, I switch perspectives. I address the same kind of situation, but from the perspective of a board chair.
You Are Now the Interim Executive. Now What?
Stephen Nill has invited me to share with you my most recent experience where I stepped in as the interim executive and successfully led the nonprofit organization to a healthy place, ready for its next full-time executive director. I’ll do that and go further – I’ll give you the benefit of my experience by talking about the questions you should be asking and steps you should take both for the organization and for yourself, should you find yourself facing, as did I, this kind of a challenge.
Strategic Boards in All-Volunteer Organizations
When board members are also doing staff work because there is no staff, many people assume a ‘working board’ is the only possible approach. I’ve never really understood the term myself, as any board member of any type of organization should be hard-working. I realize they mean the board members are doing operational work that…
The Real Beginning to the Journey
The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. Lao Tzu How often have I heard, or even said, that statement? It is meant to encourage people to take some small action towards their dream. A thousand miles can seem impossible, but surely anyone can take one step. But no true journey begins with…
Reviewing Governance Part 2 - The Process
Part 1 of this article was about the when and why of governance reviews in community, public and mutual benefit organizations. It mentioned some warning signs that indicate a governance review might be warranted, noted some times when such a review should be deferred, and spoke to the benefits. So let’s now help you get…
Reviewing Governance Part 1 - When and Why
People frequently ask me to give them one simple red flag issue to help them determine if their governance needs reviewing. I ask them, “Do all your board agendas look the same?” Unfortunately, they often admit that only the dates change. The agenda is a tool designed to let all directors determine in advance of the meeting which issues…