Mayes Wilson & Associates

Category: Board Building

What are you attached to?

Sara Wilson, CPCC |  On my recent trip to Africa, what began as a simple act of generosity turned into a surprisingly strong mental challenge that made me reflect on attachment. We can be attached to things, people, our self perceptions, the list goes on and on. It turns out my attachment was to a […]

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Would you like to have more substantive conversations this year?

Sara Wilson, CPCC |  I have been thinking a lot about my current conversations. Are they fulfilling? Do they result in the type of information I seek? Are they building the kinds of relationships I want? Honestly, on many fronts, for me the answer is “no.” How about you? There are many reasons our conversations […]

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What Does a Dynamic Duo Have to do with Your Nonprofit Board?

Sara Wilson, CPCC | Often, the roles of board president and executive director are described in terms of how they are different, with the board president focused on the future and the executive director focused on daily organizational management and program implementation. But ideally, these two individuals act as a Dynamic Duo.  Together they are tasked […]

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Board Building: Inviting People With A Shared Vision

Field Guide, Quarterly Newsletter for Board Members, Land Trust Alliance: Sara Wilson’s article, ‘Board Building: Inviting People with a Shared Vision,’ published in the Field Guide, the Land Trust Alliance’s board member newsletter, is available as a download on our Resources page. In the article, Sara shares her extensive expertise on recruiting board members for […]

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Does Your Board Have This Good Habit?

Sara Wilson, CPCC | During my 20+years of consulting, I have noticed one of the habits many high functioning boards have in common is they routinely evaluate their performance through two lenses. First, as an entity, are we performing our responsibilities? And second, as individuals, are we fulfilling our job requirements and serving the organization as promised? Evaluating performance […]

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Try These Tips To Engage Your Board

Sara Wilson, CPCC | According to the Business Dictionary, engagement is the emotional connection a person feels toward an organization, which tends to influence his or her behaviors and level of effort in work-related activities. This definition fits multiple contexts, including staff, volunteers and supporters. Today I want to specifically address the engagement of board […]

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Want to Increase Engagement?

Sara Wilson, CPCC |  A concern many individuals I coach bring up is a lack of engagement on the part of employees, team members or board members. Understandably this is a challenge for every Leader. You depend on people being engaged in order to achieve strategic goals and to accomplish day-to-day tasks. If you want […]

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The Impact of Not Addressing Underperformance

Sara Wilson, CPCC | I’ve had several conversations with clients whose employees or board members are underperforming. I’m continually struck by how often we “settle” for unsatisfactory performance. Then I realize, oh spitball, I’ve done the exact same thing! Do these justifications of poor performance sound familiar? They’ll do better next time They have a […]

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Needs Assessment for the Board of Directors

Sara Wilson, CPCC | Ideally your board is comprised of individuals with a wide variety of skills, community connections, and points of view…and who can all communicate effectively and work well together. Cultivating open communication and diverse perspectives is paramount for creating a successful board. Take a look at our free board needs assessment matrix. This […]

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