Insights into nonprofit leadership & governance

Two mistakes in CEO transitions – and three best practices

You’ve just wrapped an intensive search process. A dynamic new CEO, with the right assets for the challenges and aspirations of your organization, will start in a few weeks. Congratulations! Now what? Everyone exhales and thanks the committee for its fine work. There is a collective sigh of relief. That’s...


Five Tips on Transitioning from an Iconic CEO

The arrival of a new CEO is a chance to welcome new ideas, possibilities and energy. But when the new leader follows a beloved, long-serving predecessor, successful transitioning is a challenge. BoardWalk recently invited a group of nonprofit CEO’s and board leaders to discuss their experiences with such challenging...


Five people to invite onto every search committee –and two to avoid

Since the founding of BoardWalk Consulting in 2002, we have worked with scores of nonprofit and foundation CEO search committees. The vast majority of the CEO search committees we serve are charged with identifying, attracting, vetting and recommending a final candidate to becomeCEO of their respective organizations. The final...


Five questions every search committee should ask—of itself

Since the founding of BoardWalk almost six years ago, we have had the privilege of working with literally hundreds of search committee members as clients grapple with their organizations’ issues of leadership succession. From this fascinating mix of missions, personalities, recruitment challenges and interview styles,...


12 Steps to a Successful Search

Considering a search for a new CEO or Executive Director? In response to many requests, BoardWalk Consulting has prepared a template to guide you through the 12 Steps to a Successful Search. Download...


Are you investing enough in leadership?

The current economic crisis has every nonprofit focused on funding. We think leadership is the more important target for attention. Two things came together in the past 30 days to focus our attention on investments in nonprofit leadership.The first, of course, is the country’s financial calamity, a development that has...


Successful Successions: A BoardWalk Guide

Turnover among board and senior staff members is a big issue for nonprofits, and it’s about to become even bigger. Fifty-seven percent—better than one in two—of nonprofits surveyed in five separate studies we’ve reviewed expect a change in leadership within five years of the survey date. The projected turnover of...


Five questions every candidate should ask

For the past few months in this space, we have enjoyed sparking discussion of key questions to be addressed in the context of a search for a new CEO. Our first article highlighted “Five questions every search committee should ask—of itself.”1 Our second article covered “Five questions every search committee should...


A Quick Assessment of the Five Dysfunctions of Your Board

Instructions: Use the scale below to indicate the extent to which eachstatement applies to your board. Be sure to evaluate the statements honestly and without over-thinking your answers. Download...


Five questions every CEO and Board Chair should address – together

Having worked with literally hundreds of CEOs and board chairs of nonprofits and foundations, my BoardWalk colleagues and I have experienced firsthand the power behind a board chair and CEO working in truly effective partnership on behalf of a specific mission. We’ve also seen organizations flounder when those relationships...

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