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A Road Map for Non-Profit Boards

A Road Map for Non-Profit Boards

Posted in board of directors

I like road maps. I like knowing where I’m going even if I kind of already know where I’m going. Non-profits benefit from all kinds of road maps. The strategic plan is the king of all road maps. Then the operational plan, then individual work plans, and job descriptions, and policies, and,...


Planning for a New Member of the Team

Planning for a New Member of the Team

Posted in hiring / job description / staff team

I'm Hiring Again [groan] Today I learned that one of my direct reports will be going on maternity leave. In Canada, that means they can be away for up to 18 months. So..., I'll be hiring again. It is a lot of work and I don't love it, but that's the job. It got me thinking I should update the...


Do the Work

Do the Work

Posted in executive director / vacation

I’m a fan of colour field painting; paintings with large fields of colour that are less about gesture and meaning and more about process. [No, you aren’t reading the wrong blog.] As an aspiring colour field painter, I want to learn everything about this style of art. So, a few years ago, a...


Are you keeping secrets? I am. I’m sorry. I’ll do better.

Are you keeping secrets? I am. I’m sorry. I’ll do better.

Posted in operations plan / staff team

I’ve been with my organization for almost 10 years and while I have no thoughts of leaving, a nagging question keeps coming up, am I doing tasks that might be hard for someone to take over when I retire. I’ll give you two examples. I handle all the bookkeeping* using Sage50 Pro. I know...


The Executive Director's Advisory Council

The Executive Director's Advisory Council

Posted in executive director

An executive director’s job is kind of lonely.   As the key person in charge of the organization, where do you turn when you need a little advice? You can’t lean on those folks you supervise. No matter how well you get along, that would put them in an awkward position and might set a...