Called to Serve: Creating and Nurturing the Effective Volunteer Board

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Jun 20, 2001 - Business & Economics - 91 pages
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Called to Serve is for people with questions about creating and maintaining a successful nonprofit board. How can the board of a nonprofit organization work best? Now that I'm on such a board, what should I do? How can we find the best trustees? How should I think about my work for nonprofits? What kind of relationship between a board and the staff will work best? How can we organize and develop the service of busy, committed people?

Internationally renowned CEO and best-selling author Max De Pree packs his many years of experience on nonprofit boards into these short letters directed to busy folks active in nonprofit life. Brief, clear, and -- above all -- useful, Called to Serve notes the marks of an effective board, lays out the proper work of boards, gives choices for structuring a nonprofit board, and covers the roles and relationships of board chairpersons, trustees, and presidents.

Today there are more than 1.5 million nonprofit organizations in America, with 109 million people working in this important sector of society. In spite of this surprising fact, very little training exists for this kind of service. Called to Serve is valuable not only because it fills this need but also because it comes from the pen of one of America's most experienced and respected business leaders.
 

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Contents

Getting Started
3
The Marks of an Effective Board
7
The Work of the Board
23
The Design of the Board Structure
31
The Role of the Chairperson
45
What Does a Trustee Promise?
53
A Chairpersons Guide
61
Living with Tensions
73
What the Board Owes the President
81
Last Things
89
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Lauded by Forbes, Fortune, and The Wall Street Journal as one of the most sensitive and successful leaders in the business world. Retired as chairman of Herman Miller, Inc., a Fortune 500 company based in Zeeland, Michigan, De Pree now serves as a consultant. He is the author of several best-selling books, including Leadership Is an Art, Leadership Jazz, and Leading without Power.

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