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In the past, nonprofit executive transitions have been hampered by a set of limiting assumptions that treat the leader like a standalone, all-important organizational component. The almost ceremonial act of choosing the new organizational hero has over and over again resulted in any number of problems that negatively destabilize the work of nonprofits. In fact, the problem of bad nonprofit leadership hires may not be in the implementation, but in the frame or ethos of the practice.

There are alternative approaches that are more grounded and gradual, and therefore less likely to endanger the organizations our communities depend on. In this workshop, two of the field’s foremost experts and a panel of practitioners will present the new framework for a less risky and more robust leadership succession process.