Friday, July 31, 2015

Governance toolbox: July potpourri

Last Friday of the month means one thing: it's time for the July potpourri. Following is an interesting mix of resources collected this week and elsewhere this month, ready for sharing.


Not a "resource," but a nice way to end a week (and month) and launch this post, Holtz's quote applies almost anywhere but especially in a nonprofit boardroom. Ask questions. Lots of provocative, mission-focused questions. You'll be a better board for doing so.

Five ways to help your nonprofit learn from feedback (and earn more funding too!) -- In this guest post for Beth Kanter's blog, GlobalGiving's Alison Carlman offers clear guidance for gathering and using stakeholder feedback. The model that she shares, the Cycle of Progress, feels infinitely accessible and useful - a powerful combination for organizations that sometimes struggle to identify and gather stakeholder feedback. Boards take note: Alison's counsel offers a clear, manageable path to rich data to inform the decisions we are called to make. And, of course, you know I loved this quote: "We believe that organizations that are committed to learning are the ones that will be more effective at meeting the needs of the people they intend to help." Listen, act learn. Repeat!
We believe that organizations that are committed to learning are the ones that will be more effective at meeting the needs of the people they intend to help. - See more at: http://www.bethkanter.org/betting-impact/#sthash.SaJy4Q1w.dpuf

Stand for Your Mission advocacy resources -- To support organizations (and boards) rising to its call to expand advocacy efforts, BoardSource offers a comprehensive set of resources on the topic. This would be an excellent starting point for anyone (any board) interested in not only understanding advocacy and its role in mission advancement but how to engage board members in the process in effective and user-friendly ways.

4 types of team conflict—And how to deal with each effectively --  We can pretty much expect some conflict to erupt in the nonprofit boardroom. This Blanchard LeaderChat post delivers when the name promises: advice on handling four common types of conflict (which I suspect will ring familiar to many board veterans. I know I've witnessed examples of each.).

Making meetings productive: Overcoming Boomer dysfunctionality? -- I'm not one to gravitate toward generational generalizations (or idealizing social media, as embedded as those tools are in my routine and psyche). But the essential arguments for avoiding meeting dysfunction are worthy of sharing. Boomer-driven or not, saved by social media or not, the call for different ways of using meeting time is a solid one.
Five Ways to Help Your Nonprofit Learn from Feedback (and Earn More Funding Too!) - See more at: http://www.bethkanter.org/betting-impact/#sthash.NgFwxRFD.seTAjRtz.dpuf
Five Ways to Help Your Nonprofit Learn from Feedback (and Earn More Funding Too!) - See more at: http://www.bethkanter.org/betting-impact/#sthash.NgFwxRFD.seTAjRtz.dpuf

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