The Rise of Shared Leadership

The Rise of Shared Leadership

Succession planning is everywhere. Conference sessions, webinars, and articles on the topic abound. Given the number of executive directors and CEOs who are retiring, that’s a good thing. But, many organizations still find it very challenging to fill their top job.  ...
Implementation and the Practice of Leadership

Implementation and the Practice of Leadership

I’ve been doing this work for more than 23 years with over 750 clients. Guess how many times I’ve been asked some variation of:   How do we know this plan won’t sit on the shelf?   Short answer? A LOT.   In the old days, this question could make me a little defensive...
Inclusivity in Organizations

Inclusivity in Organizations

Imagine an organization with 35 staff spread across 5 states. As part of their internal discussions on issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), they decide to adopt a flatter organization structure to align with their commitment to operating in a more...
Be a Nonprofit CEO: A Call to Action

Be a Nonprofit CEO: A Call to Action

“Congratulations! Today is your day. You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away! You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”   Dr. Seuss’ beloved classic Oh, the Places You’ll Go is about the...
3 Ways to Prepare Your Board for Planning

3 Ways to Prepare Your Board for Planning

A new client asked me a great question the other day: What can my board do now to get the most out of our strategic planning process next year? Our talk reminded me that for many nonprofits there is a lag between making the decision to engage in planning and starting...