Do you still need a Treasurer?

This board role was established for the volunteer officer who had custody of the funds and handled all financial transactions, with board approval as needed. And if your Treasurer is still making bank deposits and paying invoices, stop reading – you need that role. Most all-volunteer or very small organizations do. Even if a bookkeeper, … Read more

What Does a Great Executive Transition Look Like? Words of Wisdom from Jack Shand

I had the good fortune to interview Jack over a lovely lunch recently. Jack Shand (http://www.portagegroup.com/our-team/) has been a leader in executive recruitment for Canada’s association sector since 1996. Before that, he was President and CEO of the Canadian Society of Association Executives for ten years. As I usually do, I asked Jack to work … Read more

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

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

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