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Achieving Effectiveness During and Beyond Mergers

By Harold Tessendorf, Tessendorf Consulting – Certified Aligned Influence Consultant During the COVID-19 pandemic, some of the recurring questions that have surfaced in for-profit and nonprofit circles include, “How many organizations will survive this pandemic?” “How many of them will shut their doors?” “How many of them will be forced to merge with others?” National organizations which have aff...
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Attorney’s Role in Governance

Recently, I am having more and more discussions with governance and auditing professionals about the role of the corporate attorney in governance. As they have unfolded, I have begun to notice several recurring questions in these conversations that seem to weigh heavily on people’s minds. Most specifically, is legal compliance and governance the same thing? And, how do we position the role of the...
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Is your School Board Prepared for its Next Accreditation Visit?

Accreditation is a common process for educational institutions. Commonly there is a self-study aspect to accreditation processes. Many of the aspects of accreditation are predictable and relate to the programmatic operation of the school; but they almost always include governance-related issues as well. If you are on the board of such a school, how would you assert that your board is functional an...
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Misalignment Leads to Misalignments

A friend recently complained that a problem with their foot caused them to limp and the limp caused their hip to hurt as well. I am sure you have experienced something similar. We all know that the accommodations that we make for one mis-aligned part of our body can cause problems in another part of our body. It turns out that the same thing can be observed in your organization. This is particula...
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COVID-19

The current COVID-19 virus outbreak is proving to be an unimaginable challenge for our communities, our states, our country, and our world. It is probably proving to be a challenge for your organization as well. All of my clients have one thing in common: They all have the blessing and the burden of operating in the context of a board of directors. Boards add a layer of complication with which pri...
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Aligned Influence Consulting is an Approved Provider of Governance and Leadership Development for Association of Christian Schools International Member Schools

Aligned Influence Consulting has just begun its 4th year as an approved provider of services for the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and its member schools. Christian schools are important part of the educational fabric in almost every community in America and in many countries around the world. Their mission is to provide an excellent private school academic experience in th...
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Alignment Always Comes Before Effectiveness

Your auto mechanic can affirm that your car will not operate effectively if the front wheels are not aligned effectively. Your chiropractor will agree that your body will not function as effectively as it could if it isn’t properly aligned. The coach of your local high school football team knows that if players do not clearly know their roles and how those roles align with the player next to them ...
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Everything We Need to Know About Governing the Church is in the Bible, Isn’t It?

Unfortunately, I too often hear this idea from pastors and church leaders. It is often reinforced by seminaries where the education of future clergy is heavy on theology and light on leadership and management. The Bible clearly outlines roles for overseers (elders, bishops) and servant leaders (deacons) in First Timothy, but the level of detail about how those offices carry out their roles or how ...
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Do We Really Need Corporate Governance In Nonprofits?

I hear this question often when talking with potential clients. What they really mean is, “We are not a corporation, so we don’t need corporate governance… do we?” The question really surfaces a few misunderstandings. First, they are a corporation. The term nonprofit is usually used alone, but it really is only shorthand for nonprofit corporation. They are indeed a corporation and one of the tw...
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Assessing the Working Relationship Between Your Board Of Directors and the Executive Team

How effective is your board of directors? How effective is your executive director? How effective is their working relationship? Do those sound like questions that you have asked lately? You are not alone. So, how would you approach such a question? Many board chairpersons and executive directors would love an answer. They understand better than anyone that donors’ money and their time are often w...
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