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I recently completed a term as board chair of a non-profit organization, a volunteer position. The two-year term was not what I hoped it would be. Instead of concentrating on important public policy issues of the day, my work centered mainly on difficult financial and personnel matters facing the organization itself.
Some nine months ago, I wrote a blog post about the challenges of leadership in hard times:
With some 800+ articles posted to this blog since late 2008, I’ve been periodically collecting pieces on related topics for your reading pleasure. Here are eight posts from 2011 and 2010 that address various aspects of organizational behavior:
Non-profits: If need you a committee to obsess over your mission statement, you may not have a real mission
It happens all the time in the non-profit sector: Some type of strategic planning or self-study committee is appointed, and its first task is to draft (or re-draft) the organization’s mission statement.
For the next couple of months, committee members laboriously exchange drafts of proposed mission statements, adding this line, taking out another, haggling over what might be implied or inferred, fearing that one constituency or purpose is overemphasized while another is ignored, and so forth.
In an opinion piece in last Sunday’s New York Times (link here), psychology professor Elizabeth Dunn (University of British Columbia) and business administration professor Michael Norton (Harvard) tackle the question of how much money we need to be happy and suggest that once we’re at a certain income level, we’ll likely get more satisfaction out of giving than receiving.