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Leaders and Managers

In Board Development, Evaluations, Strategic Planning by Geoff Burns0 Comments

Much has been written on the subject of leaders vs. managers. It is likely that what you are reading today is nothing new, but hopefully you can take the information and glean something new for your organization to help improve your role in leadership (or management). It is often said that “leaders have people that follow them, but managers have …

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Death by Micromanagement

In Board Development, Evaluations by Geoff Burns0 Comments

When it comes to achieving results, management is needed. Goals need managed. Resources need managed. Programs need managed. People need managed. (See the trend here?) The reality is that everything needs some sort of management. Entropy is the natural increase in disorder in a system. Management is the process by which we try to limit or mitigate the disorder into …

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SWOT-External Analysis

In Board Development, Evaluations, Strategic Planning by Geoff Burns

Continuing on from the internal analysis post, this month I want to focus on the external environment. As you should now know, the internal analysis is all about assessing your organization from the inside (strengths and weaknesses). The internal environment is what you can control. The external environment you cannot control. The “O” and “T” of the SWOT are the …

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Building Better Boards

In Board Development by Geoff Burns

Boards have the ultimate responsibility for making decisions on behalf of the organization. It doesn’t matter how big or small the organization is, the board can make or break the mission. Before you decide to nudge your board into a major overhaul, it is important know if a change is needed. As mentioned in the last post, assessments can help …

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Want a Fundraising Board?

In Board Development, Fundraising, Introduction by Geoff Burns

Want a Fundraising Board? By Guest Blogger Karin Cox, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer of Hartsook Companies, Inc. We often hear nonprofit executives and directors of development complain that their board members don’t fundraise. In their defense, think about all the years that go into making a good fundraiser—the reading, mentoring, seminars and schooling, research, asking questions, making …

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SWOT-Internal Analysis

In Board Development, Evaluations, Strategic Planning by Geoff Burns

Ah yes, the SWOT analysis. IF you don’t already know what that is, SWOT stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats. This analysis breaks down in to two different components, the internal (strengths and weaknesses), and the external (opportunities and threats). For the purposes of this post, we will focus on the internal environment. Before we begin to analyze the …

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No One Wants to Save a Sinking Ship

In Board Development, Fundraising, Start-ups, Strategic Planning by Geoff Burns

Every organization thinks that they have an important mission and that everyone should support their work. The truth is that not everyone will support your mission, and that is especially true if you are struggling. Furthermore, no one wants to spend their hard earned money supporting an organization that is dying. Asking potential donors to “save” this or that will …

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Part 2:Duty of Loyalty

In Board Development, Evaluations, Strategic Planning by Geoff Burns

Duty of Loyalty This is part 2 of a three part series on the duties of board members. Continuing on from Part 1: Duty of Care, lets now look at the Duty of Loyalty. Board members have a responsibility to put the interests of the organization and its objectives ahead of any personal or professional interests. This includes the interest …

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How to Tie a Shoe

In Board Development, Evaluations by Geoff Burns

For organizations that are under duress, board members frequently avoid the crucial issues and get sidetracked on mundane concerns. Think for example the process of bringing in a new Executive Director. In most cases, new Executive Directors do not get the support and “Onboarding” needed to fully integrate in to the culture and mission of the organization. (Click here for a …