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LeadershipPeter Drucker - influential writer and management consultant – said that "management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things."  Great leaders possess social intelligence, a passion for change, and a vision that allows them to set their sights on the "things" that truly merit attention. There are leaders at every level of your organization from board to executive to front line staff. These articles and resources are tools to use in building and re-energizing your leaders.

Making Organizational Learning Stick

Source: Nonprofit Quarterly
All nonprofits can benefit from internal knowledge capture, surfacing and sharing good ideas and practices. Some organizations engage in external sharing across their fields or to advance learning as a whole. Whether your goals are internal, external, or both, here’s how you can put the right combination of technology- and people-powered processes in place to meet them.
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Posted on: March 14, 2013
Topics: Leadership

Board Self-Assessment Questionnaire

The Board Self-Assessment Questionnaire—available as an online tool—allows nonprofit boards to assess their effectiveness in 12 aspects of governance, ranging from board-staff roles to external relations practices. This tool has been used by hundreds of boards and thousands of board members throughout the US and abroad since 2009. Learn More
Posted on: March 1, 2013
Topics: Online Tools

The Devil and the Details

Two tips from the for profit sector that even a "nonprofit lifer" can appreciate. Read Here...
Posted on: February 28, 2013
Topics: Leadership

Executive Director's Guide to Financial Leadership

Source: Compass Point
There's financial management and then there's financial leadership. Which one is your Executive Director doing? This article provides a summary of the eight key business principles that should guide financial leadership practice.
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Posted on: February 28, 2013
Topics: Finance | Leadership | Executive

What Does It Mean to Be A Good Leader?

Source: GuideStar
Larry Checco, author and consultant on the topics of branding and leadership, talks about how important it is for leaders to create healthy work environments and shares five tips on how to get there.
Posted on: February 28, 2013
Topics: Executive | Leadership

Five Leadership Lessons From James T. Kirk

Source: Forbes
Fun article on leadership lessons from the captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise. Read More...
Posted on: February 28, 2013
Topics: Executive | Leadership

Board Chair: Making Your Mark

Source: CompassPoint
An article from CompassPoint that can help a Board Chair figure out how to approach this important role and set an agenda that leaves the board and the organization stronger.
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Posted on: February 28, 2013
Topics: Board | Leadership

The Sustainability Formula

Source: TCC Group
TCC Group released a new paper, The Sustainability Formula: How Nonprofit Organizations Can Thrive in the Emerging Economy, on the results of an analysis of the factors that predict sustainability for approximately 700 nonprofit organizations that were surveyed using its Core Capacity Assessment Tool (CCAT). 
Posted on: February 27, 2013
Topics: Sustainability | Leadership

Five Factors That Enable Effective Board Leadership

Understanding the specific activities a board must undertake is important. But boards can get overly-focused on what to do and pay insufficient attention to the processes and relationships required for effective board functioning. Bridgespan proposes five factors that can enable effective board leadership.
Posted on: January 25, 2013
Topics: Board | Leadership

Distinguishing a Board’s Steering and Rowing Work

Source: Nonprofit Quarterly
As described in the book Governance as Leadership: Reframing the Work of Nonprofit Boards, to govern comprehensively, boards work in three modes: fiduciary, strategic, and generative. To use a metaphor in which an organization is a boat, boards can make two distinct types of contributions: steering and rowing.
Posted on: January 30, 2012
Topics: Board | Board Roles & Responsibilities | Leadership


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