Leadership and The Workplace

Nonprofit Spark

Renee McGivern

Nonprofit Spark – Overcoming Nonprofit Board Dysfunction – 11/21/11

It’s the week of Thanksgiving, that unique American holiday, so Host Renee McGivern is replaying an episode from August 1, 2011. It’s packed with ideas and solutions that get more practical as the show progresses. Volunteering on a dysfunctional non-profit board drives you crazy and makes you wonder, “Why do I put myself through this?” This week’s show addresses dysfunctional board meetings and non-profit governance. Susan Mogenson of Brown Dog Consulting is an expert on non-profit governance. There’s no dysfunction that she hasn’t seen and helped boards solve. She provides practical advice and a context for thinking about the role of the board; a lack of clarity about this role often is a source of the dysfunctional behavior. Allan Teichman is the volunteer board president of the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association. He gets into the nitty gritty of practices his board uses so it’s effective and fulfilled. Both guests use the Policy Governance model of John Carver. Allan discusses how the model helped turn his board away from drama and conflict. We’ll play an original song, The Boardroom Blues, for you as well! This show is full of great advice from beginning to end.