The Most Common Pitfalls When an Executive Director Leaves and an Interim Position is Created
â€œAnyone can be an Executive Director, especially when itâ€™s a short-term fill-in position - how hard can it be, right?"
I have had that conversation more often than is good for my blood pressure. As soon as a Board member of a not-for-profit says â€œhow hard can it be, right?â€ I know they are headed for trouble. â€œWe have a Board member (or colleague, or donor) who is retired and has time and wonâ€™t charge us anything, so he can fill in and weâ€™ll save some cost. I mean, how hardâ€¦etcâ€.
Canadian author Margaret Lawrence once told of being at a cocktail party and talking with a neurosurgeon who said â€œyou know Ms. Lawrence, when I retire Iâ€™m going to write a novelâ€. â€œWhat a coincidenceâ€ said Margaret Lawrence â€œwhen I retire Iâ€™m going to be a neurosurgeonâ€.
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