By Lynn O'Shaughnessy
The executive who used to prepare the financial reports for Meet the Composer, a nonprofit arts organization in
New York, always crammed the documents with data. The avalanche of numbers, however, wasn't particularly helpful to the group's Board of Directors.
The executive was 'a complex financial thinker,' recalls Heather Hitchens, the charity's president. But, she adds, the reports' excessive detail was confusing to the board. 'They were very complex spreadsheets that didn't convey a message.'"