April 27, 2015

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  • The Challenges of New Nonprofits

    Non profitAs organizational theorists have described it, an organization’s risk of dying is highest at the point of its founding and decreases with age. So it is essential for new ...

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Tales from the Nonprofit Crypt

RuthOver the years, I have heard way too many stories about bad endings between CEOs and nonprofits.

Nonprofit Leaders and Their Conflicts

RuthIf you are conflict avoidant you probably should not aspire to lead a nonprofit, because it can be very VERY rough sometimes.

Ethics, Bad Board Chairs, and the Dirty Little Car Repair Shop

RuthNPQ’s Nonprofit Ethicist wants to help you with your questions about ethics in and around your organization. 

An Important Read on Arguments

RuthOne of the things I remember most from high school is a class discussion on argumentation—more specifically, the problem of opposing yet-unstated premises in a discussion. It is one of the things that I keep in mind during disagreements.

Fatally Incurious Governance a Kind of Nonprofit Malfeasance

ruthI have been struck again and again, and again just recently, that it’s excruciatingly common not to listen and understand the stakeholder environment around your organization.

Thinking about Leaving? The Latest Thinking on Executive Transitions

RuthI have been struck by some recent studies that show the proportion of long-term executive directors still in their jobs after 10 or more years. Many of them are over 50.