Big Nonprofit Ideas for the Other 95%
[EPISODE] CEO/Chair Relationship
The show begins with Alex talking about the start of the Grameen Foundation, inspired as a college and during a decade-long apprenticeship in Bangladesh, wanting to spread these financial practices internationally. He goes into getting to know the country through living in the rural areas and seeing the poverty and necessity of small business loans first-hand, learning the ins-and-outs of the banking business and the importance of a strong relationship between the board chair and CEO. The segment closes with the two beginning with the ten essential ingredients that make these relationships possible, the first of which being that the chair earning the respect from the CEO and the rest of the board, doing so through showing interesting and self-investment, being fair-minded and being sensible while making decisions.
Alex goes into constructing boards and inaugurating new chairs, getting to know and bond with people in these positions on a personal level. He details in the semi-annual board evaluation process at Grameen and the tribulations of term-limits as well as board re-elections.
Amy Sample Ward joins to discuss the 2020 Non-Profit Technology Conference coming this year in Baltimore, with a counted 2200 attendees and over 150 sessions, with anyone being encouraged to register and participate. Alex continues discussing communications between the CEO and chair.
In the final segment, Alex discusses moments of rising tension amongst the board and how it can be healthy for these relationships. The show closes with his thoughts on “upgrading” boards through gradually shifting memberships to slowly bring out the strengths of the group.