"There are very few institutions of excellence with ineffective Boards." By Dr. Chaim Y. Botwinick When was the last time your Board’s effectiveness was assessed? Does your Board of Directors make informed policy decisions that are meaningful? Does your Board function in accordance with best governance practices? Do members of your Board truly understand their respective roles and responsibilities? Does your Board have a positive impact … [Read more...] about Is it Time to “360” your Board of Directors?
By Rabbi James Greene Every year as we cycle through our Torah reading, we return to the story of the Israelites as they form, storm, norm, and perform their way through the wilderness. Along the way, they establish a religion and go through a discernment process around holiness and values, create a system of governance, and even get into some interesting political discussions that we are still wrestling with today. In the beginning of that … [Read more...] about Advice Process: Revisiting Organizational Decision-Making to Make Executives Our Coaches and Mentors
By David E. Posner In 2011, the Rady JCC in Winnipeg undertook a strategic planning process that began with rethinking what their organizational values would be, ones like customer responsiveness and quality, along with values rooted in Judaism. This wasn’t going to be an easy process, nor one they would undertake lightly. To be effective, the JCC would need to decide what desired competencies would be, what they wanted to be truly excellent … [Read more...] about Finding Jewish Values at the Center of Strategic Visioning
By Amy Asin An executive committee can play a crucial role in the strategic leadership of a congregation. Regrettably, many congregational executive committees - rather than fulfilling their true purpose - serve only to preprocess board decisions, leading to a disengaged board. We have seen a trend among congregations that realize this diminished role is ineffective but lacking an understanding of the true value of the executive committee, are … [Read more...] about What Should Be the Role of the Executive Committee?
By Sandy Cardin What would happen if your CEO resigned tomorrow? If your organization is like most others, you probably don’t have a succession plan in place, let alone a capable replacement in the pipeline. Fortunately, organizations typically receive more than 24 hours’ notice. But regardless of how much time they have, the point still holds: nonprofit boards are generally ill-prepared for their CEO’s departure. In fact, in a 2015 … [Read more...] about ISO Great Leaders: A Guide to Successful CEO Searches