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18
MAR
2014

Succession Planning: Ensuring Organizational Continuity During Leadership Changes

Developing a succession plan for an organization is a basic risk management exercise, yet many nonprofits have not taken the time to consider how they will continue their important work in the wake of leadership changes. Admittedly, succession planning takes time, but the time... Read More →
21
JAN
2014

Staying on Track with Your Goals

Mid-January often makes us feels like the dirty snow that has been around for awhile. We were once lovely, full of hope and promise, but the winter, our schedules, and our to-do lists have turned us into a dirty, pile of frozen muck that looks less like a photo on a holiday card... Read More →
13
DEC
2013

Board Member Engagement

One of the frequent concerns that I hear from nonprofit staff and board leaders is about board member engagement. The challenge, however, is that board member engagement often has an ‘I’ll know it when I see it’ quality and we don’t always do a great job of describing what we... Read More →
29
APR
2013

Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail

Yep, it’s true–I’m a planning geek. I believe that planning is necessary for all organizations–large and small. It gets people on the same page, it helps clarify goals, and it provides focus–which enables you to say ‘no’ to some things... Read More →
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02
APR
2013

Corridor Business Journal Column: Effective Boards

I’m so excited to have the opportunity to write a regular column for nonprofits in the Corridor Business Journal.  Here’s my latest column discussing effective boards, which includes some discussion on the importance of the board’s culture. We all know that... Read More →
23
MAR
2013

Avoiding Burnout

Three Skills to Prevent Leadership Burnout from Entrepreneur.com We live in a culture that pushes all of to do more. Although I believe that challenging ourselves and pushing our limits can be a good thing, constantly pushing and demanding more of ourselves diminishes our... Read More →
30
JAN
2013

Working Your Plan at Your Board Meetings

So you’ve got a plan for your organization. You’ve even taken it down to developing action steps, but how does an organization—particularly one that’s all volunteer—really work its plan? Intentionally. Any ‘work’ that is not moving you in the direction of yo... Read More →
11
JAN
2013

Why Plan?

  Love ’em, or hate ’em, this is the time of year for New Year’s resolutions and setting goals. I’m one of those people who believe in goal setting—for me and for organizations. I find strategic planning engaging, setting SMART objectives invigorating, and tracking progress... Read More →
07
DEC
2012

Characteristics of an Effective Nonprofit Board of Directors

  Today I presented a workshop (“Building Effective Boards and Committees”) at United Way of Mahaska County to a group of nonprofit leaders. The presentation started with this list of the characteristics of an effective board: Mission-Driven The board comes... Read More →
04
DEC
2012

Welcome to the Leadership Blog

  Welcome to the Leadership Blog. If you Google ‘leadership,’ you will get millions of hits. Clearly, a lot of us are talking, thinking, and writing about leadership. It’s a fascinating topic because leadership—good, bad, indifferent—affects our daily... Read More →