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September 15, 2016

Countdown to Be Savvy, BoardEffect’s Annual Conference

With less than two weeks until the 4th annual BoardEffect Users Conference on September 28th – 30th, the final count-down to kick-off has begun.  This is unquestionably the biggest conference on our company’s yearly calendar; and it evokes in our team a powerful mixture of anticipation, enthusiasm, and an earnest ambition to improve upon prior…

Nonprofit Laws And Regulations
August 30, 2016

Nonprofit Laws: Board Rules and Regulations

In March 2012, BoardEffect published a research report titled “U.S. Laws Governing Nonprofit Boards and Electronic Voting.”  The intent was to determine and demystify the legal parameters within which a board could use board portal technology to manage its voting procedures.  And it was a huge hit; more than four years later, we continue to…

Board Leadership Takeaways
June 22, 2016

Effective Board Leadership: A Few Takeaways

While researching a recent blog post on the topic of “effective board leadership,” I came across an article called “Developing Leadership on Boards of Directors” by Barbara Miller and Jeanne Bergman from a 2008 edition of The Journal of Nonprofit Management.  While I don’t know the authors and wasn’t previously familiar with their work, I…

Effective Board Leadership
June 14, 2016

Effective Board Leadership is Like…

“Effective board leadership” is a hot topic. A Google search on the term yields about 2.87 million results, a few of which jump out as being quite informative. These range from the quick and useful “The 10 Habits of Highly Effective Boards” from AGB’s Trusteeship Magazine to the scholarly, comprehensive, and seemingly timeless “Developing Leadership…

Recurring Mistake Managing Boards
April 21, 2016

My Recurring Mistake in Managing Boards and How to Easily Avoid It

This was originally posted on the Wharton Entrepreneurship Blog which you can read here. So, I admit it. I’ve attended a board meeting without feeling fully prepared. And not just once. I’ve done it many times when serving in many different roles: as a board member, as an entrepreneur and executive responsible for managing my own…

Executive Director Responsibilities
March 1, 2016

What are the Executive Director’s Responsibilities?

I’ve been asked a lot lately what a chief executive officer or nonprofit executive director needs from his / her board chair. My response is pretty simple: someone who has the organization’s best interests at heart and is open to having frank – but supportive – dialog about the things that keep the CEO awake…

Four Horseman Of The Board Apocalypse
January 26, 2016

The Four Horsemen of the (Board) Apocalypse

As I write this post, nearly thirty inches of snow have rendered millions of people homebound across the Mid-Atlantic region. Having passed hours of the weekend wandering the vast internet landscape, I’ve seen a number of catchy names for this epic storm, including “Snow-zilla,” “Snow-torious Jonas,” and “Snow-pocalypse II.” The last of these led me…

January 4, 2016

How to Maintain Your Commitment to Conduct a Board Self-Assessment

It’s that time of year again; time for New Year’s Resolutions. According to the Statistic Brain Research Institute, a full 45% of Americans “usually make New Year’s resolutions” and an additional 17% “who infrequently make New Year’s resolutions.” When we do make them, our resolutions tend to be about things that don’t come easily otherwise.…

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