Friday, January 13, 2012

Overheard: Jan. 13

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 and practical.

Bringing on a new ED: It's more than a change - it's a process! (Steve McKee)

Hiring 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.

2 comments:

Marion Conway said...

Thanks, Debra for including me on this great list. The resolutions list has been very popular and I am grateful for the nonprofit experts who contributed their recommendations.

Marion

Debra Beck, EdD said...

I'm so glad you took the approach you did with that post, Marion. What a wonderful way to gather the collective insights of such a wise group. I especially liked the mix of the responses you received, too. Something will resonate with everyone.