The Case of the Very Bad Event Speech

If you’re a nonprofit leader, you’ve probably given an event speech or two. Here’s my advice on how to craft an event speech that won’t send ’em running to the bar.

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Ep 52: Personal Politics vs. Public Responsibilities (with Anne Wallestad)

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Every person who joins a board comes with opinions and points of view. But what happens when your responsibility to your organization as a board member conflicts with your personal politics? Should you keep it to yourself?

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The Case of the Disengaged Board

Are you hungry for a board that’s more engaged? I bet you are. So here are three practical ideas and a bonus suggestion. Whether you’re the frustrated Board Chair that feels like you’re knocking and nobody’s home, or the frustrated Executive Director who feels like every request is met with crickets.

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It’s Time to Step Up and Join a Board

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Can I ask you to stop for just two minutes and think about something? I want you to consider joining a nonprofit board.

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Ep 51: A Symphony of Shared Leadership (with Jim Roe and Bernard Labadie)

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At arts orgs, how should power be shared when, in addition to the Executive Director, there is also a creative director who is, perhaps, the most important leader of all? My guests explain how their very successful shared leadership model really works for them, and ultimately results in a beautiful symphony.

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How Effective is Your Board? Here’s a Simple Test

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Most boards are dysfunctional because board members don’t know any better. They don’t know what ‘functional” looks like. Here’s a simple board assessment tool you can use to help you figure out how to fix the dysfunction.

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Ep 50: Why Bartenders Make Great Leaders (with Helen Rothberg)

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Based on lessons she learned working as a bartender while pursuing degrees in business and behavioral science, Dr. Helen Rothberg identifies leaders by a cocktail of choices they make; how to approach obstacles, managing conflict, facilitating groups and connections, adapting to current realities, and much more.

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