Board Member Casting Call

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As we approach this year’s Academy Awards, I’ve been thinking about the best picture of 1957, director Sidney Lumet’s “12 Angry Men.” If you haven’t seen it, it’s worth watching.…
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What’s on the Agenda?

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[Note: An edited version of this article appeared in Harvard Business Review on October 12, 2022.] If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it, well, a dozen times: “We almost never…
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Favorites

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Here are two sentences you’ll never hear bosses say: The first is, “I’m a terrible micromanager.” The second is, “I really play favorites.” We know these bosses exist – in…
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Staff Salaries Matter

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Everyone values the work that nonprofits do. But not everyone values the people at nonprofits who do the actual work. I’ve repeatedly encountered nonprofit boards that fail to invest appropriately…
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This Spin Won’t Wash

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November marks the tenth anniversary of Professor Ray Madoff’s New York Times op-ed calling for new rules that would accelerate grantmaking from donor-advised funds. Over the years since, as the…
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Wealth and Charity

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[Note: This article was also published in The Chronicle of Philanthropy on May 19, 2021.]  The rich are richer than ever before. We have to keep this in mind when we…
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Smoke and Mirrors

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[Note: This post was co-published in The Chronicle of Philanthropy on July 22, 2020.] A great magician relies on diversion. The eyes of the audience go where the magician is drawing…
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