Why Use a Facilitator?

Board retreats, all-staff meetings, strategic planning, community convening - any time people get together to accomplish a goal, it’s important that the work gets done.   But getting the work of the meeting done doesn’t mean that the results of the meeting will get...

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How to Create a Culture of Board Education

It’s easy to dive into pressing board business immediately after bringing the meeting to order. Urgent matters float to the top of every agenda. But there’s a difference between urgent and important.  And the important stuff isn’t addressed until it becomes urgent....

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Build a More Engaged Board

Do your board members feel responsible to one another? Responsible to the organization should be a given. But do the board members feel responsible to each other? On two recent occasions, I asked board members of very different organizations “What does it look like...

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Are Old Tapes Hindering Group Progress?

It’s common parlance to refer to ‘the same old tape we play over in our heads.’ The phrase comes from the time (remember it?) when we used cassettes and 8-tracks to replay the same songs over and over again. It is a fitting metaphor for the implication, since the...

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Only One Resolution

Is this a familiar scenario? You follow up on every obligation to your boss, or your board chair, or your spouse. But when you vow to do something for yourself, it keeps moving to the bottom of the list. Promises to others are easy to keep. You want to help. They’re...

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Star Trek, Nonprofits and Ideals

I grew up on Star Trek – not just the show, but the idealistic vision of a future in which a United Federation of Planets could boldly go where no one has gone before, seeking out new life forms and new civilizations. Conquest was wrong. Help was right. People got...

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