Elevate Your Board or Staff Team With a Dynamic Retreat

When I facilitate a #nonprofit #Board or staff retreat, I focus on 3 key goals -- to inform, to engage, and to inspire those who attend. It is truly one of the most rewarding and enjoyable areas of my work. When planned thoughtfully and executed well, a Board retreat can be a key step in transforming or elevating a team. Check out the article below for some additional tips. If your Board or staff would benefit from this experience, let's connect!

https://boardable.com/blog/nonprofit-board-retreats-tips/

Engaging Staff in Turbulent Times

Had a great time co-presenting "Engaging Staff in Turbulent Times" today! A fantastic group of #nonprofit leaders came together as we discussed the role of signature strengths, gratitude, and best self stories in boosting morale and engagement.

#Leadership #PositivePsychology #Gratitude #ProfessionalDevelopment

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Talking Board Governance!

Developing a highly effective nonprofit Board is hard work, but can also be engaging, interactive, and rewarding. Honored to present "From Vision to Reality: Leading Practices in Board Governance" and facilitate discussion groups at last week's American Bar Association #conference. #AccessToJustice #ejc19

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Join Me on Friday 5/17 for an Exciting Workshop!

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Louisville #nonprofit friends - please join me and Tony Zipple of ZB Consults next Friday, 5/17 for a fantastic, interactive workshop "Engaging Staff in Turbulent Times." Drawing on current research from positive psychology, you will learn about strengths-based leadership, building a growth mindset in your organization, and implementing strategies for helping you and your staff to be more effective… and happier at work. Tickets available at the link below and hope to see you there!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/engaging-staff-in-turbulent-times-lessons-from-positive-psychology-tickets-58875540326

April 2019 NTC News: Reflections From a Board Chair, Upcoming Workshop, and MORE!

What Makes an Exceptional Board Chair?

Leading a highly effective nonprofit requires cultivating and balancing many important relationships.  Perhaps the most vital relationship in any organization is the partnership between the Board Chair and CEO.  Like any relationship, developing the chemistry to make this partnership thrive takes hard work by both parties.  While ample resources exist that address the "mechanics" of the Board Chair role -- setting an agenda, running a meeting, calling for a vote -- frequently we overlook some of the more subtle skills that define a truly exceptional Board Chair.  Likewise, many Board leaders who strive to be exceptional may feel as though they are navigating a confusing maze without a map or GPS.  That is why I thoroughly enjoyed a recent article entitled "Lessons Learned as Board Chair"  written by Rick Moyers, immediate past Board Chair at BoardSource.  I hope you too will enjoy this article and perhaps even share it with members of your Board.  I would love to hear your thoughts on what makes an exceptional Board Chair.  Click below to email me your thoughts, insights, or ways we can keep the conversation going to empower truly exceptional Board Chairs.  

CLICK HERE to read the rest of this month’s newsletter!

Upcoming Conference Presentations

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Excited to share that I will be leading 2 workshops at this year's Blue Ridge Institute for Community Service Executives in July. My workshops will be:

"From Survivor to Amazing Race: Intentional #Leadership for Dynamic #Boards"

AND

"Build Your #Board into a Championship #Fundraising Team "

Who else will be attending?

http://blueridgeleaders.org/

Addressing Donor Misconduct: Advice to Boards and Leaders

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Harassment and misconduct is a very real issue that nonprofit fundraising professionals and other leaders confront regularly. This is a thoughtful and well written article from the leaders of BoardSource and Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP-IHQ) with practical and important recommendations for nonprofit organizations.

"No donation—and no donor—is worth taking away an individual’s respect and self-worth while turning a blind eye to harassment."

https://nonprofitquarterly.org/2019/04/01/addressing-donor-misconduct-advice-to-boards-and-leaders/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+NonprofitQuarterly+%28Nonprofit+Quarterly%29

Upcoming Workshop: Engaging Staff in Turbulent Times

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Kentucky friends - On May 17, Anthony Zipple Sc.D., MBA. and I will be presenting a workshop entitled, "Engaging Staff in Turbulent Times."  Tickets are only $10 and available at the link below.  Join us for an engaging and interactive morning!

About the Event:

Rapid change, uncertainty, and fluidity are the defining characteristics of our world today. While this kind of turbulence presents great opportunities, it can be stressful for us and our staff. Keeping our staff engaged and focused on doing great work in this kind of environment can be challenging.

This workshop will discuss the importance of staff engagement and provide practical tools for improving staff commitment and organizational optimism. Drawing on current research from positive psychology, you will learn about strengths-based leadership, building a growth mindset in your organization, and implementing strategies for helping you and your staff to be more effective… and happier at work.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/engaging-staff-in-turbulent-times-lessons-from-positive-psychology-tickets-58875540326

On Leadership Transitions....

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In 2008, a national study, “Ready to Lead?”, produced by CompassPoint Nonprofit Services, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Meyer Foundation, and Idealist.org, found that three out of four #nonprofit executive directors planned to leave their positions within three years.

Does your #nonprofit have a #successionplan in place that the Board is comfortable with? Are you in the midst of a #leadership transition? If you would like to further discuss your organization's transition planning, let's connect!

What is Your Compensation Philosophy?


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Highly effective Boards understand that one of their core duties is to ensure that organizational compensation decisions are well-founded and follow generally accepted standards.  A compensation philosophy establishes a consistent process by which Board leaders can fulfill this duty.  It also serves as a necessary complement to the Board-CEO relationship, and critical tie to discussions of performance and organizational equity.    

In developing a Board's approach to compensation decisions, the IRS provides nonprofits a three-step process to determine that compensation is reasonable and not excessive. This process requires Board independence, review of comparable salary and benefits data, and documentation of the factors considered by the Board and the decision reached.
  
A thoughtful and well-developed compensation philosophy and process positively influences the organization’s capacity to:

  • Attract key leaders and retain high-performing staff members

  • Demonstrate a link between performance and compensation

  • Promote internal and external equity

  • Maintain satisfaction and morale

If your organization is looking to enhance the thoughtfulness and intentionality of its approach to performance and compensation, let's talk!

You Can Diversify if You Want To

"The idea that elite organizations like #foundations have #boards that continue to choose not to reflect and represent the #diversity of civil society sends a message to the growing communities of color that they are not part of the solution and have nothing to contribute to solving the societal challenges we all share."

https://blog.boardsource.org/blog/you-can-diversify-if-you-want-to

#WhatIAmReading

Zombie Philanthropy: What I Learned About Donor-Advised Funds as a Foundation Insider

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As #donoradvisedfunds continue to grow in popularity (and profitability) for the institutions that promote them, increasing attention is rightfully focused on legitimate critiques, particularly those spelled out in this article.

https://www.insidephilanthropy.com/home/2019/2/4/zombie-philanthropy-what-i-learned-about-donor-advised-funds-as-a-foundation-insider

#WhatIAmReading

South Louisville Community Ministries Board Comes Together

Honored to facilitate the #Board retreat this past weekend for South Louisville Community Ministries.  These committed leaders came together for an important day of reflection, discussion, and planning. The mission of SLCM is to empower families in crisis in South Louisville to move toward stability and self-sufficiency.  

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