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Do's and Don'ts for a Successful Nonprofit CEO Search
As executive search consultants, we’ve seen and worked through a lot of scenarios, from navigating the succession of a dynamic organization founder to reorganization and replacement of an ineffective, short-term chief executive. There is no single right way to approach a chief executive search and transition. That said, we do observe certain truisms that serve boards well regardless of the specifics of their situation. In this article, we cover the most important truisms.
Keeping Track of Key Donors
Many years ago, I took a graduate-level class in “systems design.” Much to my surprise, our course work never actually involved a computer. (Yes, computers did exist at this time, although few not-for-profit organizations actually had them.) The instructor’s philosophy was that as nonprofit managers, it was somewhat unlikely that we would ever be involved…
Project Ideas: The Good, the Bad, and the Incomprehensible
As grant proposal writers, we are often the first to review program ideas from the perspective of what I’ll call “fundability.” I’d wager that we’ve all had moments when it seemed the only appropriate response was, “Please tell me I don’t have to take this idea any further than the wastebasket.” What is our role…