What If Agenda Items Were Questions?

To help board members engage in decisions and focus discussions on governance, try framing all agenda items as questions.

For Many Nonprofit Boards, Smaller is Better

Many boards are bucking conventional wisdom that a board should have twelve to sixteen members. They are discovering the benefits that working with a small group brings.

3 Kinds of Risk Nonprofit Leaders Face

In their Harvard Business Review article Managing Risks: A New Framework, Robert S. Kaplan and Anette Mikes provide three qualitative distinctions among the types of risk organizations face. Two of these categories, preventable risks and strategy risks, are internal to the organization and so are within the control of the leadership. The third category includes risks from external sources; leadership may not control the risks, but they can prepare for them. Here’s how.

Responding to Sabotage on the Nonprofit Board

Sabotage is disruption and damage, usually done on purpose. How can you respond to sabotage on a nonprofit board?

5 Ways to a Better Agenda for Board Meetings

An agenda is the primary tool of effective board meetings. The agenda keeps the board focused on appropriate information for making decisions and monitoring performance. The board’s governance policies or bylaws may determine overall board process, but it’s the agenda that determines how intended outcomes engage with current performance during the meeting. Here are 5 ways to have a better agenda for board meetings . . .