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Board Capacity Building

Well-Designed Retreats Can Be Powerful Governing Vehicles

July 21, 2022 0 Comments

Retreats have become a popular vehicle for involving nonprofit board members, their CEOs, and executives in accomplishing high-impact governing work that could not be accomplished – at least not as well – in regular board business meetings.  Updating a vision …

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Turning Board Members Into Board Development Champions

March 9, 2022 0 Comments

You might recall that a year or so ago, we posted two articles on the subject of board capacity building – what is popularly known as board development.  Our March 25, 2021 post makes the case for launching formal board …

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Really Board-Savvy CEOs Know Enough To Avoid Recruiting Letterhead Board Members

February 1, 2022 0 Comments

Several posts at this blog have described what I call “insidious foes” of a solid board-CEO working relationship.  These are erroneous assumptions about the nature of the governing function that can cause real damage.  What makes them insidious is that …

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Two Lynchpins of a High-Performing Board Committee Structure

January 25, 2022 0 Comments

While preparing for a four-hour Zoom work session recently with the chief executive and executive team of a nonprofit economic development corporation, focusing on preparation for the launch of a new board committee structure, I reflected on a seminal learning …

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Jeff Finkle:  Master of the Nonprofit Governing Game

June 28, 2021 0 Comments

Since Jeff Finkle’s recent announcement of his impending retirement as the long-serving President/CEO of the International Economic Development Council, I’ve been reflecting on our work together on the governance improvement front over the past 26 years.  In my professional opinion, …

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Transforming the Clay County EDC Board Into a Governing Powerhouse

May 4, 2021 0 Comments

Early in my governance consulting career, I made a rookie mistake that taught me a valuable lesson that has served me well over the years.  When the CEO of a chamber of commerce in the Southeastern US asked me to …

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Solving the Board Development Puzzle:  the How

April 14, 2021 0 Comments

Our readers might recall that the March 25 post at this blog dealt with two pieces of the board development puzzle:  WHAT does board development mean?  WHY is it critical that the CEO spearhead board development, wearing the Board Developer-in-Chief …

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Solving the Board Development Puzzle: the What and the Why

March 25, 2021 0 Comments

The half-day Zoom governance workshop I presented a couple of weeks ago for 25-some CEOs of a  diverse array of economic and community development corporations included a segment on board development.  Early in my career I would  have been a …

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Enriching ACCE Board Composition on CEO Sheree Anne Kelly’s Watch

January 29, 2021 0 Comments

As our readers know, governing is essentially a people business.  Far from being an abstract concept, governing boards are essentially the people serving on them, and governing is a low-tech, people-intensive “production” process requiring only minimal capital investment to make …

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What, Me Afraid of a Big Board?

August 21, 2020 0 Comments

A little over four years ago, Jeff Finkle, President of the International Economic Development Council, and Virginia Jacko, President & CEO of the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind, recorded one of the all-time most popular podcasts for this blog.   They

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