This week's favorite links inspire boards to ask big questions, and offer ways to define the first steps to making them actionable.
New Year's resolutions - not goals - for nonprofit leaders (Marion Conway)
Marion asked and smart people answered. Their collective wisdom,
this post, offers inspiration for nonprofit boards and senior staff.
Take some time to read and reflect on their comments. They're powerful
Bringing on a new ED: It's more than a change - it's a process! (Steve McKee)
an executive director isn't something boards do every day, but it's one of the most important responsibilities of governance. Because they don't have much
practice, the potential for boards to mishandle executive transition is
great. This post inspires boards in this position to think beyond the
single moment of hiring. It helps them understand the entire process of
leadership succession and how it impacts the entire organization.
Action steps for getting your board right in 2012 (Kevin Monroe)
The dual focus on the assessment and steps to create actionable results is the obvious strength of this new post by Kevin. If you're a regular reader, you know my love of thought-provoking questions. Kevin's contributions here engage boards in the reflection needed to focus attention on their capacity and leadership needs, for this year and beyond.
No more boring meetings, please! (Jesse Lyn Stoner)
No doubt most, if not all, readers can relate to the sentiment. The default response is to redesign the meeting. Jesse Lyn asks a question that should be asked more than it is: Is this meeting even necessary? If the answer is yes, the process of clarifying that there is a purpose increases the likelihood that participants will accomplish will be achieved in the most effective way possible.