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Board Members

A Plea to Board Members

Michael Kaiser | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Especially for those arts organizations that are reducing staff, board members must be willing to prioritize their requests, be willing to forego the occasional set or committee minutes or pitch in and write and send a board meeting agenda themselves.

How to Know if You Are a Lousy Volunteer

Raymond Dickey | Posted 11.24.2013 | Media
Raymond Dickey

If you natural tendency is to scare people into doing what you want them to do, then you may actually accomplish the opposite. People are more likely to volunteer their time when they feel it is their choice to do so and that their efforts are appreciated.

College and University Board Independence Strengthens the Nation

Richard D. Legon | Posted 04.17.2013 | College
Richard D. Legon

Our institutions of higher learning have been governed by boards acting independently since our Colonial period. Let us not compromise that most essential (and historic) value--one that has largely worked well--for temporary political expediency.

Putting Women In Charge Pays Off, Big Time

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 08.01.2012 | Business

Apparently sexism in the workplace doesn't only hurt careers. It also hurts bottom lines. That's because public companies with female board members...

Unrealistic Expectations

Michael Kaiser | Posted 07.30.2012 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

If board members are not helping to raise money from their friends and associates, they are not performing one of the central responsibilities of board membership. But for many arts organizations, there is a relatively quick fix to this problem.

The New Model, Part 2

Michael Kaiser | Posted 08.25.2012 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Yes, the world is changing -- it has always been changing. Tastes change, needs change. We must adapt to new technologies, new art forms, new ways of communicating.

All Family Members Are Not Created Equal

Michael Kaiser | Posted 07.29.2012 | Home
Michael Kaiser

Every time you read about or visit the new Signature Theater, think of Edward Norton and one of his most powerful performances -- as a family member of staggering importance.

Put Shorts On The Board

Margaret Heffernan | Posted 01.21.2012 | Business
Margaret Heffernan

Boards are biased, too like-minded, made up of friends who are typically cronies uncomfortable with conflict. Worse still, in most of our leading corporations today, the positions of Chairman and CEO are held by the same person.

Are Unions to Blame?

Michael Kaiser | Posted 08.06.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

It is impossible to blame unions for the lack of revenue for arts organizations when so many are doing such a poor job of managing themselves.

Beautiful Dreamers

Michael Kaiser | Posted 07.23.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

As I travel the nation and the world speaking to arts leaders, there is one phenomenon I observe virtually everywhere: arts organizations consistently grow to the point where they are slightly uncomfortable financially.

Bank Boards In U.S. Have Relatively Little Financial Expertise

The Huffington Post | William Alden | Posted 07.17.2011 | Business

Bank boards in the U.S. are far too often composed of directors with relatively little financial expertise, a new study has found. Even though they...

Building Board Members' Privileges

BrickUnderground | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

In my building, and most others I've heard about, there are two ways to get above-and-beyond service from the doorman and other staff: Tip well, or ge...