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