Understanding the Differences: Leadership vs. Management

Is a good manager automatically a good leader? What is the difference between leadership and management? The main difference between leaders and managers is that leaders have people follow them while managers have people who work for them. [more …]

Look Before You Leap: The Lure of the Corporate Executive as Nonprofit CEO

There is a growing demand for executive talent in the nonprofit sector. Previously untapped networks of talent will have to be explored in order to meet it. Baby boomers shifting out of the corporate sector now hope to continue work in organizations with social missions. [more …]

Leader or Manager — Whether to Rock the Boat

We continually find that there is a profound distinction between management and leadership, and the profiles differ markedly when selecting a chief executive. When recruiting a chief executive for a nonprofit organization, search committees often limit their expectations to how the role can be continued without making waves. [more …]

The Dream Board Chair

Every nonprofit organization (as well as public agency) is looking for the perfect board chairperson who can excel at every aspect of leading the organization to the next level. It’s true that the board chair is a critical element to a successful organization. [more …]

The Myth of the Discount Hire (GPCC News July 2009)

Recently, a service-oriented business in the Philadelphia area was conducting a search for a senior position. The fact that many of its neighbors and competitors had laid off some of their executive talent hadn’t escaped them; they were hoping to scoop up corner-office talent for a bargain basement price. [more …]

Selecting a New Chief Executive

The board selects the chief executive, and this hiring decision is the most significant decision a board makes. The chief executive is the one person whose abilities and talents will either make or break your organization. [more …]

Cross-Over Executives: Making the Transition from For-Profit to Non-Profit

The distinct differences between the non-profit and for-profit sectors previously made the transfer of skills between the two less likely. Although corporate and business executives provided voluntary leadership for nonprofits, they are now moving into professional leadership roles. [more …]

Top Three Tips to Hiring Fundraising Talent

With the economy getting tighter and the costs of hiring growing, more and more I get the question, “What are the top three things our organization needs to do to hire and keep an effective fundraiser?” I could list twenty, but boiling it down to three … [more …]