Governance and Leadership Specialist

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What's the Single Best Sign of a Healthy Nonprofit?

I’m a kind blogger. Here’s a clue to the answer.<p>So riddle me this batmen and women.<p><b>Tell me the ONE thing that tells you a nonprofit is thriving.</b><p>You …

Failure in Innovation Decision Making

Arkes, H. R., & Ayton, P. (1999). The Sunk cost and Concorde effects: Are humans less rational than lower animals? <i>Psychological Bulletin, 125</i>(5), …

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Nonprofits should receive funding from a variety of sources -- the greater the diversity of revenue, the better the financial health of the …

How Culture Shapes Decision-Making in Meetings

It’s a rare occurrence for employees to leave a meeting and feel it warranted all the time it took. An Economist Intelligence Unit study found that just 12 percent of surveyed executives believed meaningful decisions consistently materialized from their meetings.<p>That should not be the case. …

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"There is no single `right way' to structure your board," says <b>Michael Burns</b>, a board consultant. "The design must reflect the maturity of the …

Governing a Collaborative Organization (Blog)

By Anne WallestadCollaborative organizations require collaborative leadership, but are boards getting in their own way?

You're not going to believe what I'm about to tell you (classroom-friendly version)

Inspiration<p>This comic was inspired by this three-part series on the backfire effect from the You Are Not So Smart Podcast.<p>If you want to learn more …

How to Create an Effective Non-Profit Mission Statement

“Mission” for nonprofits is the same as “profits” for private sector companies. In the private sector, corporations achieve their goals by carefully designing business operations that are reflected in a budget and then regularly reporting on how actual profits compare to that budget. If mission …

Nonprofit Risk Management Report a Must-Read for Nonprofit Boards and Execs

Share227<p>Tweet4<p>Email<p>Share<p>231 Shares<p>March 15, 2016; Politico New York<p>In an insightful report from SeaChange Capital Partners and Oliver Wyman entitled …

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