Above, is a photo of my favorite new button. It's humorous but also devastatingly true. I've learned a lot of things the hard way and, I'm realizing, that's not all bad. In fact, my newsletters and blog posts are mostly based on mistakes I've made - with the intention of helping you avoid making them yourself.
I consider it 'taking one for the team.' 😉
One reliable source for a surplus of *interesting* learning opportunities is: dealing with a wide variety of people and personalities. So, if you missed last week’s blog post about the common personality types that get in the way of nonprofit progress, you can check it out here. In a slightly tongue-in-cheek way, I described eight seriously disruptive players...so that you might pinpoint sources of friction within your board.
Here’s the good news: many of you probably read the list, had a chuckle, recognized a person or two, and decided those folks weren’t so bad after all.
Here’s the not-so-good news: a fair amount of you read descriptions that match many of your board members to a 'T' - and realized that you may have a serious problem on your hands.
If you fall into the latter category, fear not. There are strategies that can help.
Because my life and work often involve fair amounts of trial and error, I've learned a lot about what not to do. Which is where we'll begin when thinking about how to effectively handle personality issues on your board.