Nonprofits invest a great deal of time and energy in recruiting new board members and effectively integrating them into the board. Thoughtful and frank discussions, strategic assessment of needed skills and talents, and careful cultivation of the best candidates should ensure a competent, cohesive and hardworking board of directors focused on the mission. But even the very best and most experienced nonprofits can find themselves dealing with personality conflicts, disagreements, fractures or even board members who become difficult to work with, despite having done all “the right things.” Left unaddressed, problem behaviors often grow into toxic situations that siphon away energy, trust, and good-will from the entire board. Unchecked, these types of conflicts will drive away good board members, negatively impact the organization’s reputation, and eventually lead to governance mistakes that undermine the mission. Dealing with these challenges effectively requires interventions that are tactful, professional and focused on moving the organization forward. While there is no “one-size-fits-all” solution for every situation, there are a number of proven strategies that can assist in getting efforts back on track.
Please join Lynn Ivey as she offers guidance and practical solutions for identifying and handling conflicts and ensures your nonprofit avoids governance mistakes that waste valuable time and resources.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:
- Methods to conduct tough conversations
- Necessary organizational tools that help to address problem behaviors
- Recommendations for with dominating personalities
- Identification of common board governance problems and strategies to turn things around
- The importance and benefits of board term limits
- Key steps for understanding and successfully managing founder’s syndrome
- Avoiding the most common types of “broken” boards
- Common board and chief executive issues
- Ways to re-engage underperforming board members
- Practical solutions for common board dilemmas
YOUR CONFERENCE LEADER
Your conference leader for “Fixing Broken Boards: How to Manage Challenges with Problem Members, Redirect Conflicted Teams and Avoid Common Governance Mistakes” is Lynn Ivey. Lynn is a consultant, trainer and speaker for nonprofits throughout the US. Her nonprofit experience spans more than 20 years and includes senior executive and leadership positions with healthcare, education, and family support/intervention programs. Her roles have been diverse including: administrator of one of South Carolina’s largest nonprofit hospice programs, director and coordinator of volunteer programs, personnel manager, social worker, staff trainer, clinical instructor, and preschool director. Lynn is a licensed social worker and long-term care administrator with a passion for building stronger communities. Because of her wealth of first-hand experience, both in senior nonprofit executive and volunteer positions, she is a sought-after speaker and has presented at national, state and regional events and conferences. In addition to her professional work, she also has a wealth of volunteer experience including: women’s shelters, a theater company, U.S. Navy Family Service Center, and scouting. Lynn has also held volunteer positions serving on the National Council of Hospice and Palliative Professionals CEO Steering Committee, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control Cancer Control Advisory Committee, and the South Carolina Association of Residential Care Homes Board of Directors, to mention only a few.