Friday, April 1, 2011

Overheard: April 1

 Developing leadership on boards of directors (Barbara Miller and Jeanne Bergman)

This week, I found an old friend - well, an old board article that has since been lost in its original form and location. Thankfully, the good folks at the Peel Leadership Centre have preserved a version of this foundational Journal for Nonprofit Management article. Leadership-centered board culture is the focus and the primary contribution that Miller and Bergman make to the governance conversation. They both encourage boards to think more deeply about their leadership potential and offer specific ideas to move toward actualizing a frequently hazy, abstract concept.

Five things board directors should be thinking about (Corsi et al)

While corporate boards are the target audience for this article, the "five things" have nonprofit parallels - and the potential to encourage boards in either setting to focus on their big-picture responsibilities. You know I love a good question. This article offers a long list to guide the governing body in reflection on the future. Note the link to the downloadable version.

Nonprofits: How to avoid problem board members in the first place (Alice Korngold)

In an earlier post, Alice encouraged us to deal head-on with problematic members who threaten the effectiveness and cohesiveness of our boards. Obviously, the best way to avoid those sticky situations is to ensure that the fit is right - and the expectations clear - in the first place. Alice's most recent post offers common-sense guidelines for setting everyone up for a successful board experience.

Passive audience vs. active participants (Erica Mills)

In this "Tune-Up Tuesday" video, Erica makes the case for reframing how we think about - and engage - our key stakeholders. There's a "well, du-uh..." feeling to her ultimate message. But, like Erica, many of us have absorbed the "target audience" mentality and language, to the point where it may be unconscious. If this brief reminder snaps us out of that practice and mindset, it's served its purpose.

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