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01
FEB
2016

The Importance of Your Board’s Culture

We’ve all heard Drucker’s quote dozens of times—“culture eats strategy for lunch.” This doesn’t mean that culture is more important than strategy, but is a cautionary note that for an organization to be effective, its leaders must be as attentive to developing a positive... Read More →
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06
MAY
2015
Aging Support Group

Supporting the Chief Executive

This post first appeared in the Corridor Business Journal. One of the responsibilities of the nonprofit board is to support the organization’s chief executive. The board’s chair may end up doing much of this work, but it creates a stronger organization when there is a board... Read More →
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28
JAN
2015
Regenia Bailey outside photo2 original color

The unnatural focus on overhead costs in nonprofits

This post first appeared in the Corridor Business Journal. We’d never expect our public works departments to routinely repair our streets using shovels and wheelbarrows or our businesses to use manual credit card machines and typewriters to process customer payments. Yet, in many... 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 →
30
SEP
2014
Regenia Bailey Talking

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 →
18
JUL
2014
Regenia Bailey outside big smile original color

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 →
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 →
12
MAY
2014

Performing an assessment

This post first appeared in the Corridor Business Journal. Most nonprofit organizations recognize that strengthening and building their organizational capacity enhances their programs and increases the impact of their essential work. Despite this, it is often a struggle for... Read More →
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 →