On Being an Interim Executive Director

I had the good fortune to interview Susan Detwiler, a delightful woman who has been successful as the Interim Executive Director of three very different US nonprofits, after five years as a full-time executive director. She’s run a religious school, a bird rescue group and an arts education group, and she’s sharing with us her … Read more

Should my organization hire a Super-Temp? Jason Peetsma talks with Jane Garthson

I asked Jason Peetsma, Managing Director at Odgers Berndtson – Executive Interim Division, how boards of nonprofits could best use interim executives during executive transitions or leaves of a senior staff person. Jason turned out to be an amazing storyteller, able to inform any organization facing an executive gap about another group who faced a … Read more

Six Issues in Executive Transitions – Part 2

In Part One, I covered three of the common areas where transitions go wrong: Chaos, Undue Haste and High Emotional Stress. Now let’s continue to issues Four to Six. 4. Role Confusion. Everyone naturally worries who will cover what the Executive Director has been doing. So what might happen? Any or all of these: • … Read more

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