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03
DEC
2014
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Is ‘Iowa nice’ holding back your board?

This post first appeared in the Corridor Business Journal. I’m a proud native Iowan. I appreciate our state’s topography, our first-in-the-nation caucus status and the friendliness with which we generally treat one another. However, our natural politeness and discomfort with... Read More →
19
NOV
2014
Regenia Bailey whiteboard

The board and the budget

This post first appeared in the Corridor Business Journal. This is the time of year when many nonprofit boards develop their annual budgets. Managing an organization’s financial resources is a fundamental board responsibility and creating a budget is a part of this work.... Read More →
12
NOV
2014

Nonprofit board meetings need planning, discipline, reflection

This post first appeared in the Corridor Business Journal. Nonprofit organizations often struggle with meeting attendance, complaints about the length of board meetings and dysfunctional member behavior and participation during meetings. And yet, much of the work of the nonprofit... Read More →
05
NOV
2014

Defining the role of the board chair

This post first appeared in the Corridor Business Journal. High-functioning organizations have strong co-leadership between the executive director who oversees the management of the organization and the board of directors, which oversees the direction and vision of the... Read More →
31
OCT
2014

Do your board meetings need a makeover?

This post first appeared in the Corridor Business Journal. Outside of the few wonkish people who really enjoy board meetings, these events aren’t usually very sexy or exciting. They’re often filled with overly detailed minutes of previous meetings, bewildering financials and... Read More →
30
SEP
2014
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The power of advocacy

This post first appeared in the Corridor Business Journal. Nonprofit organizations play important roles in communities as experts in their areas of service. It is therefore problematic when nonprofit organizations shy away from advocacy and policy work. Admittedly, a nonprofit... Read More →
23
AUG
2014
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Best practices for working with board committees

This post first appeared in the Corridor Business Journal. Unless its bylaws or articles prohibit or limit their use, a nonprofit board may develop committees to support its work. Committees serve various functions, from addressing complex and time-consuming issues to providing... Read More →
18
JUL
2014
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Exec evaluation should be clear

This post first appeared in the Corridor Business Journal. One of the responsibilities of the board is evaluation of the organization’s chief executive. In most organizations, performance evaluation is done annually. Too often, however, the executive must remind the board of this... Read More →
10
JUN
2014
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The Importance of Strategic Board Recruitment

One of the responsibilities of a board of directors is to manage and maintain itself. This responsibility includes recruiting new board members, providing adequate training for members, ensuring members are following through on their board responsibilities, and evaluating how... Read More →
19
MAY
2014

Relationship between board, chief executive critical to group

This post first appeared in the Corridor Business Journal. The relationship between the board and its chief executive is critical to the health of the organization. Ideally, this should be a relationship of co-leadership, one in which both parties are able to fully engage their... Read More →