Barry Rowan – Reflections from Attending at Least One Board Meeting Every Quarter for the Past 40 Years: Part 2


“There is a real risk with executive committees and that is creating two groups – insiders and outsiders. So, if there is an executive committee it’s important to allow for the non-executive committee members to voice their opinions, to give them a time to catch up on some of the key issues.” -Barry Rowan

Whether we realize it or not, each of us benefits from the work of the nonprofit sector. A strong nonprofit sector is key to thriving communities. At Next Gen Nonprofit Leadership with Tommy Thomas, we are on a journey – a journey to play a small part in equipping the next generation of nonprofit leaders.

Unlike similar shows where the guests often make their living writing, teaching, or speaking about leadership, our guests are seasoned leaders, and there is something we can learn from their experience that will make the nonprofit stronger and more effective.

Every day, nonprofits feed, heal, shelter, educate, inspire, and nurture people of every age, race, and socioeconomic status. The common thread that runs through each nonprofit story is that the impact of the organization rises and falls on leadership – leadership throughout the organization and leadership at the board level.

Join me, Dr. Tommy Thomas as we talk with Barry Rowan about lessons, he has learned about Board Service as a result of attending at least one Board meeting per quarter for the past 40 years.

Show Notes

1:09 – How to use the Executive Committee

2:00 – the Ideal Size of a Board

4:30 – Word and Phrases that describe the Ideal Board Chair

10:30 – The Nonprofit Board and Strategic Planning

13:37 – The Nonprofit Board’s Role in the CEO Evaluation

15:30 – The Nonprofit Board and Financial Accountability

17:30 – The Nonprofit Board and Risk Mitigation

22:45 – Board Turnover

26:50 – The Board, The CEO and Succession Planning

“They know the lay of the land, they know the spirit of the board, the sentiment of the board. And then they back this time commitment with a financial commitment that is a meaningful relative to their own capacity, but they also don’t use that financial commitment to quote ‘own the organization’.” -Barry Rowan

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