Before attacking organizational culture, read this.

I don’t know the identity of the “wise ones” who are preaching the gospel of slash and burn leadership. But should I bump into one of them, I fear my commitment to civil discourse will be at risk. You know who I mean — the management gurus who label organizational culture as the enemy of […]

Generosity in quotes

“When the dreams we have for ourselves match the reality of our experience, we’re living our purpose. These moments of leadership aren’t always about being in the spotlight. They aren’t always about presenting to thousands or asking for millions of dollars. They are often quiet moments as we are getting dressed to leave or are […]

MOPS and leadership development on the mommy track

The folks over at the Bidgespan Group tell us that nonprofits will need to hire 640,000 new senior executives by 2016.  Having recently wrapped up two lengthy quests for organizational leaders — one as counsel and the other as board chair — the idea of all those searches is enough to make my head spin. […]

Generosity in quotes

“Perhaps of all the virtues hope is the most fragile, the most fleeting, the least concrete. Don’t forget that the Greek gods, at the very bottom of Pandora’s box of ills and troubles, placed hope. Hope it is that allows us to cope with the rest of life. Nonprofit organizations more than any other groups […]

It takes a team to win the board game (part 2)

In my last post, I added a governance spin to two of four strategies from consultants Jack and Suzy Welch’s advice about “How to Build a Winning Team.”  Now I’m back with commentary on the remaining two points. (The Welch’s words are in italic and mine are in regular face.) Third, winning teams are honest. […]

Going nowhere fast

I use the phrase “dysfunctional civility” in my consulting work to describe a board culture that shuts out hard questions and differences of opinion. This week I came across a companion descriptor that I plan to add to my workshop repertoire — “dysfunctional momentum.” Michelle Barton and Kathleen Sutcliffe coined the phrase in an article that appeared […]