“Help! My board won’t stop micromanaging me!”
It’s probably the biggest complaint I hear from nonprofit leaders. That, or the board is entirely missing in action. I’m not sure which is worse.
A recent example? I just got an email from a reader who has been on the job for a year. The first six months was all about a financial crisis, but since then, the organization has been stable. The E.D. is ready to take on programming and grow the organization.
The board won’t let him.
He writes, “The board is not listening to me and wants me to do what they say. They keep piling work on me and I am desperate for advice.”
I know the word “micromanage” is familiar to a lot of you.
So here’s my advice.Continue Reading