April 13, 2015

Cool title, eh? That’s from Marcia Coné’s recent blog.

Marcia is talking about “helping individuals and organizations navigate change…” And, as she notes, navigating change is “critical to personal, professional, and organizational success.” Does that sound like you? Or your organization?

Marcia is a consultant and personal coach. So maybe you need to contact her?

This blog continues with “do you have the right people in the right places?” (Or, as Jim Collins asked us all, “Do you have the right people on the bus?”)

Marcia then moves into the board… and references Gene Takagi’s “12 Reasons Why You Should Gracefully Resign from a Nonprofit Board.” (Good old NPQ brings us great stuff again!)

And then Marcia adds the clincher: “As I read and thought about sharing this with all of my nonprofit clients, I realized I needed to assess my own board participation and make some decisions. I invite you to do the same.

You. Me. Do the same. Apply Takagi’s 12 reasons. Read all of Marcia’s blog. All the remarks about the wildfire and the culture and the mess.

In 2014… I watched 3 organizations… move gradually towards destruction and death. All 3 because of lousy board members who should have been fired. All because of lousy board members who should have asked what Marcia is asking.

And if your board members don’t have the courage to resign themselves… then fire them. Someone must have the guts to lead… and that means firing in this case.

About Simone Joyaux

A consultant specializing in fund development, strategic planning, and board development, Simone P. Joyaux works with all types and sizes of nonprofits, speaks at conferences worldwide, and teaches in the graduate program for philanthropy at Saint Mary’s University, MN. Her books, Keep Your Donors and Strategic Fund Development, are standards in the field.

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