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07 Feb 2017

The New Leadership Skills Sought by Today’s Nonprofit Boards

Whether the board is seeking to replace a retiring executive director or requesting a search for a new CEO to move their organization to greater levels of success, the leadership skills they are seeking are much different than those of traditional nonprofit leaders. As an executive search consultant for the nonprofit sector, boards are seeking … Continue reading →The New Leadership Skills Sought by Today’s Nonprofit Boards
30 Jan 2017

It’s Time to Repeal and Replace the Political Ignorance of Healthcare Reform

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law in 2010 by former President Obama after the Democratic party passed the law along party lines with not one Republican vote in Congress. This historic legislation, a top priority of President Obama’s first term, enabled twenty million more Americans to be covered by healthcare insurance. Even those individuals who had a pre-existing medical condition would now be covered under the ACA. The private insurance market in some states, like California, could no longer deny coverage because of previous medical history. To gain the support of the private health insurance companies, the ACA promised millions of additional new enrollees to spread the financial risk. This “mandate” to purchase health insurance came with a ...
16 Nov 2015

Going Beyond Strategic Planning

Does Your Board Need To Be Revitalized? According to Webster, to revitalize means to renew, refresh, reinvigorate, revive, rejuvenate, refreshen, recharge, recreate, restore or repair. Benefits of a Revitalized Board: Strategically aligned with leadership to achieve your vision and goals Actively engaged in philanthropy with self-confidence Engaged, energized and motivated High levels of success with … Continue reading →Going Beyond Strategic Planning
03 Feb 2015

Creating an Inspiring Vision

Creating an Inspiring Vision:  What is the strategic plan to achieve it? Have your ever embarked on a strategic planning process with high hopes and excitement, but end up being disappointed with the results? Did your plan eventually end up on a shelf collecting dust with little achieved? Sometimes in life, the simplest things can … Continue reading →Creating an Inspiring Vision
07 Jan 2015

Collaborations and Mergers: What is the best strategic choice for your organization?

One of the key questions for nonprofit leadership to answer is “Do we need to always go it alone or can we collaborate or merge with another organization to enable our programs and services to become more effective with greater positive outcomes?” Collaboration is a key strategy for program effectiveness and funders are often keen … Continue reading →Collaborations and Mergers: What is the best strategic choice for your organization?
18 Dec 2014

Replacing Your Board Chair Doesn’t Have To Be A Struggle

Identifying the board chair-elect (or board president) is a well-established process for many nonprofits. The board chair-elect is usually chosen at the same time as the board chair. While the chair is leading the board’s work, the chair-elect is learning “on the job” about how to ensure that the work is appropriately carried out. However, … Continue reading →Replacing Your Board Chair Doesn’t Have To Be A Struggle
17 Dec 2014

Today’s Nonprofit Boards Seek Transformational Executive Leadership

Today, more and more nonprofit boards are seeking a chief executive with transformational leadership styles. In the past, nonprofit boards often placed a strong emphasis on recruiting chief executives who were passionate about the mission, experienced with grant writing, program development, possessed good management and community relationship skills. Though these skills remain important, they are … Continue reading →Today’s Nonprofit Boards Seek Transformational Executive Leadership
09 Dec 2014

Communicating Your 2014 Achievements

Communicating Your 2014 Achievements: Why This Matters for 2015 When was the last time you examined your achievements AND communicated them in a compelling way to your stakeholders? Throughout 2014, your organization has made a difference in the lives of those you serve. Be proud of your achievements. Can you and your board members answer … Continue reading →Communicating Your 2014 Achievements
31 Oct 2014

How And When To Fire A Board Member

Board members are a tremendous asset for most nonprofit organizations, providing needed expertise, as well as the necessary leadership in furthering the mission and success of the organization. However, occasionally an individual board member can become destructive to the organization. This destruction or “disruptive” behavior can become a negative force to the workings of the … Continue reading →How And When To Fire A Board Member
16 Oct 2014

Find the Courage to Address Your Internal Challenges

I believe the overwhelming reason most nonprofit organizations fail is the result of not adequately addressing their internal issues. Internal obstacles often include: Lack of trust and respect among senior leadership Stale programs Lack of engaged Board members, some who have stayed far too long Lack of inspirational vision Do you feel you could benefit … Continue reading →Find the Courage to Address Your Internal Challenges
02 Oct 2014

Great Oak Awards Dinner A Great Success

What a great evening to attend and participate in the inaugural Great Oak Awards dinner. I applaud New Jersey Monthly for honoring businesses that are successful, but are also generous and supportive of the many socially driven causes in New Jersey. I want to congratulate all of the finalists as well as the winners of … Continue reading →Great Oak Awards Dinner A Great Success
22 Sep 2014

Board Reappointment: Are you assessing performance?

The other side of board recruitment is board reappointment.  Highly performing boards have clearly defined and articulated expectations of their individual board members.  Prior to being reappointed to another term on the board, the Governance Committee should ask each member to submit a self-evaluation.  Criteria for reappointment may consist of, but not be limited to, … Continue reading →Board Reappointment: Are you assessing performance?
29 Jul 2014

Chief Branding Officer (CBO): A Core Competency for Today’s Nonprofit Leaders

The chief executive is the face of the organization.  Though sometimes the board chair takes on this role, it is more and more the need of the executive director to be the chief communicator, proudly letting everyone know of your achievements and results.   Questions to ask:   When was the last time as executive director … Continue reading →Chief Branding Officer (CBO): A Core Competency for Today’s Nonprofit Leaders
30 Jun 2014

Effective Board Recruitment: Another Key Characteristic of a High Performing Board

The typical nominating committee process typically limits you to only those individuals your board members know, not those who you may need to know.  My recommendation is to progress from focusing on nominating to recruitment.  To start this process, develop an ideal board matrix.  This should consist of the sought after expertise you desire on … Continue reading →Effective Board Recruitment: Another Key Characteristic of a High Performing Board
04 Jun 2014

Building Trust

Whenever you consistently make decisions that benefit your mission, you will earn people’s trust and respect.  Respect is really gained through your informal authority:  people’s trust and admiration for you, not through the formal authority of your status within the organization.  Leaders win hearts by your passion, vision and sincerity.  If you build employee trust, … Continue reading →Building Trust
20 May 2014

Are You Ready for the New Competencies of Nonprofit Leadership?

Today, the executive leadership skills required for a nonprofit organization to succeed have changed dramatically. The new leadership requirements that will be needed to navigate and lead your organization include: Visionary thinker Entrepreneur Relationship builder Achievement driven Collaborator Inspirational motivator Leaders need to be visionary thinkers. Today’s executive directors need to chart the future direction … Continue reading →Are You Ready for the New Competencies of Nonprofit Leadership?
05 May 2014

Articulating Your Vision

By Dennis C Miller Where are you going?  One must answer this question before any effective strategic plan can proceed.  Your vision for your organization’s future is what will inspire your key stakeholders to stay motivated going forward.  Today, an effective leader must work in partnership with the board to create the organization’s future direction.  … Continue reading →Articulating Your Vision
28 Apr 2014

Leadership Nugget: Characteristics of a Nonprofit in Strategic Alignment

By Dennis C Miller Today, more than ever before, the chief executive and board must be true partners in leading the organization forward to generate the positive social impact needed in their communities. They share these characteristics: • Strong organizational self-knowledge • Engaged key stakeholders with inspiring vision • Entrepreneurial Leaders, High-Performing boards • Impactful … Continue reading →Leadership Nugget: Characteristics of a Nonprofit in Strategic Alignment
25 Apr 2014

Leadership Nugget: Key Components of Organizational Assessments

By Dennis C Miller Confidential interviews with key members of the Board, executive team and other key stakeholders are the basis for a successful organizational assessment. An outside facilitator, without bias, is engaged after a careful review of board minutes, board structure, programs/services offered and key planning documents recently produced. The assessment process will include … Continue reading →Leadership Nugget: Key Components of Organizational Assessments
24 Apr 2014

Leadership Nugget: Overcoming the Silo Mentality

By Dennis C Miller Many organizations have unresolved internal issues and conflicts preventing them from working more effectively together. The culture of “my needs first” has to be transformed into “those we serve first.” This shift in mentality results in: • A greater sense of confidence to achieve their strategic goals; • The know-how to … Continue reading →Leadership Nugget: Overcoming the Silo Mentality
18 Apr 2014

Leadership Nugget: Strategic Alignment

By Dennis C Miller A successful strategic plan means the entire organization, including the work of the board, leadership and staff has to be restructured to require individual goals to be fully aligned with organizational goals. Four components for success include: • An upfront, comprehensive assessment of the organization to identify key strengths and crucial … Continue reading →Leadership Nugget: Strategic Alignment
12 Mar 2014

Assessing the Results of Your Strategic Plan: One Year After

By Dennis C Miller The strategic planning process can be one of the most exciting times for any nonprofit organization. New vision statements are created and the entire organization may feel a sense of new energy and excitement about the future direction of the organization. Leadership and staff are mobilized to achieve all of the … Continue reading →Assessing the Results of Your Strategic Plan: One Year After