Really bad ideas for nonprofit arts boards!

board members

  • Be the “idea” person. Provide valuable insight. Have employees carry out those ideas in addition to their jobs.  Give continual feedback at every board meeting.
  • Eschew fundraising.  It’s begging for money. You don’t beg.
  • Make sure that your annual gala is the organization’s primary activity… above all else.
  • Play “Pick Your Favorite Line Item” at the board meeting where the budget is approved.  Spend forty-five minutes on depreciation, for example.
  • Bring in consultants. Find ones with a single patented technique that works for every organization.
  • Build a hierarchy. Successful corporations build hierarchies.
  • Do not read anything sent to you before attending meetings. You’re there as the “idea” person, remember?
  • Ensure that the company’s activities define the mission, not the other way around. Make sure that the mission contains the words, “fiscal responsibility.”

For success, do the opposite.

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One response

  1. Great stuff! It’s not a huge stretch for this to apply to nearly any variation of leadership meeting: Ideas should never trump action. The boundaries should determine the activity versus allowing the activities to willy-nilly invade the boundaries. Preparation is always respectful! Etc. Etc. Thank you!

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