How well is your board performing?

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Looking at Board Self-Assessment A board’s responsibility is to continually improve its governance practices and effectiveness. Regular evaluation of the board is a governance best practice. Evaluations may focus on different points like: The performance of individual directors, The overall board, The board chair, The board committees The orientation and training among other aspects of […]

How is your board

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How’s the Relationship between the Board and the CEO/ED? The relationship between a non-profit organization’s Board of Directors and its CEO/ED is one of the key elements of effective governance. That relationship, however, is often the source of tension for both parties. Indeed, at times the relationship can become quite fraught and dysfunctional, which reduces […]

What is Coaching?

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Coaching has surged in popularity during the past 15 years. Not surprisingly, there are as many definitions of Coaching as there are Coaches.  Previously coaches were contracted to fix behavioural problems at the senior level, but as Coaching has become more common in the workplace, it has evolved to build on an individual’s strengths to […]

Coaching – What it is and isn’t

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  Our second blog in our Coaching series clears up any misconceptions. What Coaching Is Coaching is a confidential, customized, flexible one-on-one interaction between an objective, third party (the Coach) who is external to the organization, and the individual (the Manager) who makes major decisions that impact the organization, has managerial responsibility, and wants to […]

What to look for in a Coach

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Our third blog in this series helps you look for the right Coach. The experience, characteristics and style of the Coach must be a good fit for the unique needs and circumstances of the person and the organization to achieve maximum success. Here are some areas for investigation to help evaluate an Coach and the […]

Start your own nonprofit (Part 2)

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This week we continue our tips on starting your own nonprofit You have an idea that can help others.  Where do you start?  First, figure out how to structure your idea.  Do you want to start a nonprofit?  Or a charity?  Or a for-profit enterprise? Path #3 – incorporate as nonprofit Instead of getting angel […]

Start your own nonprofit (Part 1)

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You have an idea that can help others.  Where do you start?  First, figure out how to structure your idea.  Do you want to start a nonprofit?  Or a charity?  Or a for-profit enterprise? There are 170,000 nonprofits in Canada.  All have a goal that is something other than profit.  They do not have shareholders […]

What is the difference between sales and fundraising?

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Answer: they are similar; but fundraising is harder. Why is this topic important for EDs?  If you want to recruit volunteers who can help you with fundraising, search for sales people. How are sales and fundraising the same? The sales department in a for-profit will be structured similarly to the fundraising department in a non-profit. […]

The Rogue, the Self-Interested and the Wise Elder – Governance tips

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As a MAS consultant I assist Directors with understanding their Roles and Responsibilities in governing their respective organizations.  There has to be a solid governance infrastructure in place for the organization to meet its public obligations for accountability and transparency. So the governance infrastructure is in place.  What now?  Just like we have a network […]

The Boringly Concise Guide To Making A Motion

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“I’d like to make a motion.” How often have you heard someone pop this little surprise at a meeting? It comes right out of the blue, like an unwanted telephone solicitation from a goldfish babysitting service. You’ve been to those awkward meetings. Team members get together to discuss a project while munching on stale muffins […]

 

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