Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Warning Signs of Board Underperformance – and What to Do About It:: ::: When asked why nonprofit boards underperform, board members and executive directors have no difficulty listing a host of reasons, but the best may be, “Because they can!”

As Harvard business school professor Dutch Leonard once said, “The central challenge of leadership in nonprofit organizations is that mediocrity is survivable.” While this may be true, I’ve never run across a nonprofit board member who thrills to being average or an executive director who is motived by ordinariness. Quite the contrary; those who serve the nonprofit sector are typically passionate about our causes and want to do good things in the world.

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