The Leadership - Vision Connection

Posted by Stephen Lemire on September 7, 2013 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (2)

I was very fortunate to have been able to learn many lessons about leadership from my Dad. In addition, I have benefitted from great mentors who also willingly shared their views.

As a result of my own experience, and having worked with many influen...

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FAQs: Nonprofit Advisory Boards

Posted by Stephen Lemire on September 21, 2012 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

What is an Advisory Board and how does it differ from a Board of Directors?

An Advisory Board is formed to support the Board of Directors and Executive Director. Whereas, the Board of Directors is bylaws-driven and primarily focused on the mission, the Advis...

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Lessons in Volunteerism

Posted by Stephen Lemire on August 24, 2012 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Not only have I been an executive director for a number of different nonprofits that relied on its volunteer board of directors as well as some volunteer staff, I have also served as a volunteer board member and staffer at other organizations. Aside from their major responsibili...

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Relationship as an Early Predictor of Board - Executive Director Success

Posted by Stephen Lemire on July 17, 2012 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (0)

The most important relationship in a small staff nonprofit is the one between the board of directors and the executive director. It is a dynamic partnership which changes as the organization matures and as board members rotate on an annual basis.

During the hir...

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How Inexperienced EDs can avoid this Important Mistake

Posted by Stephen Lemire on July 2, 2012 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

[I had the pleasure of recently being interviewed by Natasha Golinsky of Next Level Nonprofits http://www.nextlevelnonprofits.com/. Available through her website on July 5 will be a 10-part audio download, “10 Critical Mistakes First-Time Executive Directors Make when...

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Experienced EDs and the Job Market

Posted by Stephen Lemire on June 29, 2012 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)

During the past ten years as the economy has gone through more valleys than peaks, the nonprofit sector has been impacted many ways. Obviously, one of these has been a hit to the workforce. A subgroup that has had a particularly difficult time finding new employment is experien...

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From Lifelong Learning to Professional Development

Posted by Stephen Lemire on June 28, 2012 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Over the past 25 years, I have taught dozens of incredibly talented and motivated adult learners as an adjunct faculty member in graduate management and health services administration programs. A typical student has been an experienced medical clinician (RN, technologist) who wa...

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A Call to Fund E.D. Professional Development

Posted by Stephen Lemire on April 5, 2012 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Executive directors, particularly in small staff nonprofits, often operate without a peer. Though they have access to ever-increasing avenues of virtual, professio...
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Priorities for Professional Associations

Posted by Stephen Lemire on March 1, 2012 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

The wheel (above) is a perfect illustration for the outline (below) as it depicts the five general priorities for a professional membership asso...

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Through the Eyes of a Babe

Posted by Stephen Lemire on December 28, 2011 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

My grand-nephew Beckett made his first trip to Massachusetts last week for the extended family Christmas Eve gathering. After spending a couple hours watching him I realized that this tot was reinforcing some important lessons on nonprofit management.


He got the...

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