Let’s Ditch the Phrase “Best Practices”

I have been delighted to learn that many of my best colleagues cringe just as I do at the phrase “best practices.” Best for whom? When? Why? Let’s take an example. It’s best practice to avoid having spouses on a board. And many of us have seen horrible results from such arrangements. If one spouse … Read more

You Just Hired an Interim Executive Director. Now What?

In 2018, Stephen Nill invited me to publish on CharityChannel my most recent experience where I stepped in as the interim executive. I did that in my article, You Are Now the Interim Executive. Now What?, also published as the most recent blog post before this one. In this article, I switch perspectives. I address … Read more

You Are Now the Interim Executive. Now What?

Stephen Nill invited me to share my most recent experience where I stepped in as the interim executive and successfully led the nonprofit organization to a healthy place, ready for its next full-time executive director. I’ll do that and go further – I’ll give you the benefit of my experience by talking about the questions … Read more

Does Sustainability Mean Forever?

We can better achieve organizational sustainability with a common understanding within each organization. That would ensure our efforts and resources can be aligned towards the same type of sustainability. Otherwise, they may be scattered or even at odds. Last year I joined the board of a land trust. I’ve working with and in many kinds … Read more

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