Surviving the Meltdown without Having One


All too many organizations wish that the make-up of their boards was different — that there were more members of affluence and influence — or that those on the board were more involved. It’s time to stop wishing. You can make something happen right now with your current board. Olympian high jumper Dick Fosbury teaches us four important lessons about communicating expectations to board members that raise the bar.

Many times the very people complaining about under-performing boards are the ones that are setting the stage for less than spectacular results. In many subtle and not so subtle ways executive directors and board members themselves, especially board chairs, communicate that members of a board of directors do not have to do very much. Learn how we sabotage the results we claim we’d like from our boards through what we say and do. At the same time, learn four lessons gleaned from Olympic legend, high jumper Dick Fosbury about raising the bar and meeting expectations — even when dealing with people from diverse cultures or with different value systems. Walk away with at least seven practical techniques that clearly communicate the height of the bar to everyone and that lead to accountability for getting the job done.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to position your organization to connect with audiences and stand out from competition, using a simple tool inspired by Good to Great
  • Learn the 4 questions you must answer to compel someone to give your organization money
  • Gain an understanding of how to apply these tools to fundraise during economically difficult times

Class Format

This course is the recording of a live webinar and contains the slides and full audio from the original presentation (including Q & A sessions). Only a reasonably current version of FlashPlayer is needed to run this recording (most computers already have this installed).


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85 Min


Katya Andresen

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