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Do you work for a nonprofit and want to know how you can get your board to engage, collaborate, meet its performance obligations, and provide good, productive guidance? Are you seeking to bring out the best in your people? Stop the Nonprofit Board Blame Game by Hardy Smith is for you. This relatively short book is packed with practical insights and tools dedicated to helping nonprofits, associations, volunteer- and member-based organizations, and community groups develop reasonable and doable actions to ensure that their board members function for the good of their mission. Smith navigates the terrain with a candid, sometimes assertive tone, giving knowledge that provides essential and transformational insights.
The author's approach is one of a kind. It involved listening to experienced board members and sharing their collective and corrective advice that goes beyond geographic and demographic disparities in addressing the complexities of nonprofit board management. Hardy Smith leaves no stone unturned, combining real-life examples from the survey with holistic frameworks for professional effectiveness. If you are an organization's personnel and utilize this book as a reference, you will benefit from the board member's point of view. And, if you are a board member, you will recognize challenges you have witnessed or encountered and learn how to assist the boards you serve in meeting their expectations. I admired the author for challenging longtime beliefs and practices on the part of nonprofits and their boards that reinforce a continuing cycle of mistakes and the perpetuation of unrealistic expectations. Most notably, I found his bold approach very thought-provoking and one that should stimulate any board member, whether new or a seasoned veteran, to seek a refreshing shift in mindset, such as the one in Stop the Nonprofit Board Blame Game.