Year: 2015

You’ve Got To Hit The Buzzer

“This feels wrong in so many ways.  It feels reckless, careless and selfish.  Of course we’re supposed to wait until we’re sure before we buzz.  But the waiting leads to a pattern of not buzzing.”  I’m quoting from Seth Godin’s recent post at Seth’s Blog, “Buzzer Management.” Reflecting on his failure to make the high

When Ownership Goes Awry On Your Board

The feeling of ownership is a powerful, positive force in organizations, especially at the board level. Ownership fuels commitment to such important governing “products” as an updated strategic plan, the annual operating plan and budget, and a new policy covering the contracting process. As all really board-savvy CEOs well know, when their board members feel

Ich Bin Ein Berliner

“I am a Berliner,” said President John F. Kennedy on June 26, 1963, speaking to an estimated 450,000 West Berliners from a platform erected on the steps of Rathaus Schoneberg, 22 months after East Germany had built the infamous wall aimed at preventing emigration to the West. “All free men, wherever they may live,” the

Caveat Emptor

As you know, the Latin expression “caveat emptor” means “Let the buyer beware.” This is certainly sound advice in the field of nonprofit governance, which, unfortunately abounds with what I call “fallacious golden rules” – untested and untrue gems of wisdom that are all too often authoritatively recommended to board members and CEOs. Seasoned, really