Board Development Archives




Rejuvenating Boards

11
December 2015

Board and Staff Leadership REJUVENATING AN EXECUTIVE AND BOARD OF DIRECTOR Some call it writer’s block. Others –laziness! For whatever reason, I had stopped writing my monthly newsletter. People have been asking me if I had taken them off the mailing list. They missed my monthly insights into how to make their agency better. Well, […]




Do We Really Need Committees?

29
August 2014

There is a great deal written about nonprofit boards of directors, because by law every agency needs to have a board. In my previous blogs I have provided suggestions on how to improve your Board and your Board meetings. But many of Boards don’t have the committee structure needed to get their work done. This […]




HELPING THE NEW CEO FACE THEIR TWO MOST DIFFICULT CHALLENGES

2
October 2013

Every agency at one time or another faces the difficult task of hiring a new CEO.  If they are fortunate they will be able to find someone who comes to them with the experience of being a successful executive in another agency. But for a smaller and mid-sized agency, they will most likely bring in […]




A GOOD YEAR

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December 2012

As we approach the end of 2012, I wish all my friends and followers the best wishes for a Happy Holiday Season. My prayers are for a more peaceful world, both at home and abroad. On a professional level, this has been a great year. I have seen progress with my two clients, UMMA Clinic […]




A STRONG EXECUTIVE = A WEAK BOARD?

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October 2012

Is there any relationship between having a strong executive director and a weak board of directors? I don’t know if I can make that sweeping generalization, but in the past few months I have met three competent, entrepreneurial executives complaining that they are having problems getting their Boards to step forward and take initiative. Let’s […]




WHAT’S REALLY IMPORTANT TO A BOARD OF DIRECTORS?

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October 2012

This is a question I ask when I see a Board spending a great deal of time on operational details and not addressing the strategic direction of the agency. What’s really important — the next fund raiser or where is the agency headed in the future? I recently saw a Board spend a great deal […]




THE NEVER ENDING VACATION

25
September 2012

What do you do with a staff person who never comes back from vacation on time? One client has a staff member who never comes back from vacation on the due date.  Each time there is a compelling reason, but the pattern is persistent and predicable. This had been pointed out to the staff person. […]




DO EXECUTIVES NEED COACHING?

9
September 2012

Coaching is no longer reserved for problem leaders. It is more frequently sought by top performers whose organizations value their management and growth potential. Today’s CEOs recognize the importance of enabling leaders to achieve critical business objectives in the shortest possible time, so they are hiring coaches to accelerate development. – Maynard Brusman, one of the […]




BE PREPARED FOR CHANGE

16
July 2012

Greetings to my old friends and new acquaintances! It’s been several months since I last was in touch, but life has been busy, and I’ve neglected those relationships that are so important to me. Segall Nonprofit Consulting (that’s me) is still doing well, with current engagements with the UMMA Clinic and Casa de Amigos, a […]




THE JOYS OF MENTORING

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March 2012

Over the past few years I have written about various aspects of board development, fundraising and strategic planning. But I’ve talked very little about my favorite consulting assignments – mentoring CEOs. There is a special satisfaction watching the growth of those I work with, for in most cases these assignments last a year or more. […]