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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-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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Importance of Assessments

In Evaluations by Geoff Burns

When your board of directors gets together, do you ever assess your organization?  If the answer is “no,” then you need to make it a priority. Highly functional non-profit organizations do many things but today I want to focus on just one of them. The assessment is a tool that helps to determine strengths and weaknesses of the organization. An …

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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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Part 1:Duty of Care

In Board Development, Evaluations, Strategic Planning by Geoff Burns

Duty of Care This is part 1 of a three part series on the duties of board members. It is so easy to think that the Executive Director is responsible for everything the nonprofit does, however, it is not only the role that board members play, but their duty to the organization as board members that is often overlooked or …

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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 …