After a three year hiatus from GoverningGood, I am back with the intention of adding my voice once again to the blogosphere. I have a number of post in the works including ones on family members and clients on boards, the importance of strong organizational culture in the non-profit sector, and how to recruit for real commitment as one of the attributes one looks for in new board members.
I have recently been updating and rebranding the Resources on the site, the governance guides and sample policies. Please take a look, help yourself and tell people about them. Don’t forget, I am on Twitter too, which has kept me involved in non-profit sector activism.
The reasons for my absence here were mainly due to my taking on, in 2008, a new role teaching organizational behaviour (OB) to Dalhousie University undergraduate management students. Organizational behaviour in the broadest sense has always been my academic discipline and it is certainly one of the most relevant to non-profit governance. OB courses typically look at matters such as motivation, personality, leadership, negotiation and conflict resolution, teamwork, organizational structure and organizational change. Small group dynamics, which embraces many of the themes found in OB, offers a useful lens through which to see, understand and help governing boards.
My undergraduate teaching gig took place after more than 25 years in university continuing education. It was a challenging and rewarding, if not long lasting, experience. I retired from full time academic life happily in June 2015. I continue to do a little work through the university and have more time to assist non-profits and be involved in the community through my own service on boards.
See you soon again here!