What New Executive Directors Have in Common with a TV Host

Last week, I wrote a bit to encourage new executive directors, especially those following a founder. On Sunday, I read the piece in Sunday’s print Washington Post Arts & Style section on current host of The Daily Show, Trevor Noah (similar but different story by same writer, WaPost online). What jumped out were the observations and[…]

Dear Executive Director Following a Founder

At least a few times a year, I find myself saying that the hardest job in the nonprofit sector is that of the new executive director following the founder. Having been one (with only limited success), having supported some through different consulting engagements, and having worked with founders and executives at every point in the organizational life[…]

New Year’s Revolution: Routines, Reflection, Rules

The brief end-of-year season is closing and I find myself shifting to a January spirit for reflection, planning, and setting the pace for the incoming year. Recently, I’ve run across a few ideas that I’m incorporating into my annual reflection and planning. 1. New Year’s Revolutions, instead of Resolutions. Cute with the language. But maybe[…]

Questioning Failure

A guest post by researcher, consultant, and colleague Florence Navarro. In September the Unreasonable Institute’s blog ran a story about what I call the ‘succesful’ failure of Liga Masiva, http://unreasonable.is/closing-your-company-consciously/ a fair trade coffee company which sold directly from farmers in Latin America to North American customers. The article praised the company for its approach[…]

Mission or money: what is primary?

Social Entrepreneur Guest Post By John Herron How many psychiatric social workers do you know who have run a successful business? How many entrepreneurs do you know whose businesses are structured to be able to employ a workforce of individuals in recovery from mental illness and/or substance abuse disorders? How many instructors at elite universities[…]

Don’t Ever Stop Bootstrapping: Saluting All Entrepreneurs

We’re honored to share this special guest post by our friend and colleague Pamela Hawley, founder and CEO of UniversalGiving, an award-winning service connecting donors and volunteers with high-quality international charities and global opportunities.
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Open Letter to New Executive Directors

Dear Executive Director Following a Founder, If this were easy, it would be easy. The job of serving as the first Executive Director after a founder–in any situation, in any organization, in any economy–is probably the hardest job in the nonprofit sector. Taking it on requires tough skin and an iron stomach. And somehow, through[…]