ED as Board President? Good or Bad Idea?

Mullets, motorized stools and Turducken. All clearly bad ideas. But one debate with not so clear an answer is whether an Executive Director should also serve as an organization’s Board President. I know where I line up on the issue. The two positions should be separate. But it might be helpful (for me and possibly […]

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Are Supermajority Votes Really That Super? Or Is It An Ego Thing?

I believe there are many conventions that survive solely because they sound schnazzy. Like any present use of the word of “indubitably.” And l’m convinced the supermajority vote is another one of these. Not a bird or a plane, supermajority votes are where more than a “simple majority” has to vote in favor of something for […]

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When A Nonprofit Proxy Goes Wrong, Really Wrong

And honestly, if a Director can’t put in the time (be it a legitimate excuse like football season or otherwise) a proxy appointment is of least concern. They should probably step down and sit on an advisory committee. You know. Every now and again I chant for a teaching tool, just a little something to help get a point across. […]

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Ex Officio, Ex Officio, Wherefore Art Thou: Position Still Relevant In This Day and Age?

Was recently looking through a set of bylaws; checking things off and putting things in. But when I got to the ex officio section  it got me thinking. Can something that sounds like a Shakespearean villain still be relevant today?  I jest, but in all honesty just how effective is the ex officio concept  as […]

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Blue Avocado Piece On Staffing and Supporting Board Committees

Shortly before the holidays I saw this piece by Blue Avocado on staffing and supporting board committees and wanted to make sure I discussed it. Especially since it ties in so well with my last post on when and how to use Board Committees. A few takeaways, and epiphanies, I got from this piece were: When […]

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