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14
JAN
2015
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Now a good time to plan, perform housekeeping

This post first appeared in the Corridor Business Journal. The themes of planning and change are frequent topics at this time of year. Whether it’s the start of your organization’s fiscal year or not, these early days of January are a great time for reviewing the past year,... Read More →
10
DEC
2014
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Philanthropy makes good business sense

This post first appeared in the Corridor Business Journal. Running and managing a nonprofit is a challenging proposition because it’s a business model reliant, to a greater or lesser degree, upon human generosity. And there’s no time of year when this is more apparent than it is... Read More →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →