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

Catalyze your HR practices – Part 2

In part 1, I talked about how every human resource management policy and practice could be re-thought using Catalytic Thinking as the basis:  How could our ______________________ policy and practices bring out the best in everyone? Just after I finished writing it, someone on a Linked In group said employees couldn’t be trusted with such … Read more

Catalyze your HR practices – Part 1

To achieve the highest potential results for your community, your organization needs to be working at its highest potential. For that to happen, everyone involved needs to be working at their highest potential. What if you applied that thinking to your human resources policies and practices? For each aspect of your human resources and volunteer … 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

Can strategies succeed without aligned values?

Discouraged about developing strategies that achieve desired outcomes? I have found that when people tell me their last strategic plan failed, and the plan itself doesn’t look bad (so many do!), there were two main reasons: The plan was developed by a tiny group of leaders with little input from staff and often none (or … Read more

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