An Executive Director's point of view


August 22, 2017: No eclipse

Category: Stuff, other
Posted by: David M Patt
I suppose it's nice that people paid a lot of attention to the solar eclipse instead of fretting about world events.

But the eclipse was no big deal to me.

At its peak, I was driving in Chicago. It was overcast and dark, like before a big storm. Still, there were shadows everywhere, as if there was sunlight, but just not enough of it. If I hadn't known about the eclipse, I wouldn't have even noticed that oddity.

I don't think there's anything spiritual, uplifting, or even amazing about a solar eclipse. It's just a cosmic event that happens once it a great while.

But it was a nice distraction for a lot of people.

August 14, 2017: Email etiquette

Category: Communications
Posted by: David M Patt
Check this out.

August 09, 2017: Who's on the Board?

Category: Web sites
Posted by: David M Patt
Always list your organization's Board members on your web site, even if you don't link to each of them.

And place that information on a public page that everyone can view.

People should always know the identify of the leaders of the organization and be able to make judgments about the group based on the composition of the Board.

If you leave out that info, it suggests you are hiding something.

August 07, 2017: Job titles, yet again

I guess I'm obsessed with job titles. I think they should describe what they really are.

A charity is looking for an "Executive Director, Community Development."

One of the duties is to, "Ensure engagement and mobilization of diverse constituents, staff and volunteers for the assigned market area in a prioritized and coordinated way to meet established market and regional objectives."

And the responsibilities of the position were not mentioned until mid-way through the first of a three-page job description.

To me, this seems to be the person in charge of all fund-raising activities. Why couldn't that have been stated in terse, direct language.

August 02, 2017: What do travelers want?

Category: Travel
Posted by: David M Patt
Here are some key findings from a study conducted by the American Society of Travel Agents.

Regarding wi-fi: Travelers can live without it in the air, but really want it at the hotel.

July 27, 2017: Speaker seating

Category: Meetings
Posted by: David M Patt
Consider this when planning meetings or other events with speakers.

July 21, 2017: Yes, it happens here

Category: Culture
Posted by: David M Patt

July 18, 2017: Learning new skills

Category: Learning
Posted by: David M Patt

July 13, 2017: I've heard that before

Category: Governance
Posted by: David M Patt
New Board members will sometimes raise issues that have already been discussed and resolved.

Still, don't be too quick to cut them off. They may not have known of the earlier exchange, the nature of the subject matter may have changed, and it may be a good idea to revisit the issue.

Before brushing aside something you think is repetitious and a waste of everybody's time, consider if renewed discourse could actually be useful.

July 04, 2017: Young Board members

Category: Governance
Posted by: David M Patt
You may find that turnover is higher among your association's younger Board members than among the older ones.

Don't let that hinder your efforts to maintain age diversity. Young Board members may still be putting their lives in order. They have other irons in the fire.

At one association, two young Board members won company promotions that required them to relocate overseas. The spouse of another was in the same situation and the couple moved away. Yet another returned to college to earn an MBA.

They weren't unhappy or dissatisfied. They didn't feel ignored. In fact, they were integral parts of the Board's governing process.

They simply had other concerns to tend to.

So, keep recruiting young Board members and don't worry about them staying only a short time. They may contribute significantly to organizational decision-making while they are here.
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