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Executive Directors

Nine Ways to Sustain the Non-Profit ED

Amanda Kraus | Posted 12.16.2014 | Impact
Amanda Kraus

In my experience, running a non-profit is exhilarating, heart breaking, stressful, uplifting, exhausting, and life affirming. Sometimes all in the same day. You are tight on resources; whether the resources are time, money, staff or all of the above.

Dysfunction in the Nonprofit Sector -- Reality or Myth?

Eugene Fram | Posted 12.14.2014 | Business
Eugene Fram

Judging from the vast literature on dysfunctional nonprofit boards and organizations (my own posts included!) one might conclude that the majority of nonprofits are struggling, strategically incompetent and/or in crisis. I argue that this is not the case.

8 Tips for Making a Co-Directorship Work

Christopher Punongbayan | Posted 12.11.2014 | Impact
Christopher Punongbayan

Both of us saw a need for a massive intervention to address the organization's ongoing issue of executive sustainability. Moreover, as parents of young children, we wanted to challenge the notion that raising a family and being an executive director was incompatible.

You Might Have a Dysfunctional Board If...

Joan Garry | Posted 05.12.2014 | Impact
Joan Garry

I can tell you from my own experience as a board member, it's frightfully easily how dysfunction can set in. I'm as guilty as anybody.

Ellen DeGeneres Would Make a Great Executive Director

Joan Garry | Posted 05.03.2014 | Impact
Joan Garry

Like many of you, I spent the evening with Ellen on this Sunday night (Oscar telecast). But while you were watching her deliver pizza to Meryl Streep and retweeting her selfies, I was thinking about how great an Executive Director she would be.

The Balancing Act of the Executive Director

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.03.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

There are numerous skills and qualities an executive director of an arts organization should possess, but my experience over the past 28 years suggests the most important quality is the ability to balance many needs, demands and requirements.

One Role of the Chair

Michael Kaiser | Posted 09.07.2013 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

As the pressures facing arts organizations increase, it has become more important than ever that the selection of a Chair of the Board be made with care.

When Is It Time for An Executive Director to Move On?

Joan Garry | Posted 07.14.2013 | Business
Joan Garry

It is my firm belief that leaders sometimes overstay their welcome. Organizations change and need different kinds of leadership. Sometimes an organization can become overly identified with its leader, rather than its mission, which can jeopardize the organization's stability or sustainability.

Executive Directors Need to Dream Too

Michael Kaiser | Posted 06.08.2013 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Without a clear vision for the future, executive directors are doomed to making marginal changes that do not truly move their organizations forward. And without a bit of dreaming, it is difficult to create this vision.

Artistic Directors Versus Executive Directors

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Kaiser

Amidst all of the pain and fear of the economic crisis, one area of conversation always gets a laugh: the way to reduce tension between artistic directors and executive leadership.