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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
After nearly 50 year of working with hundreds of diverse nonprofits I’ve come to the conclusion that both long-term success and short-term failure can almost always be laid at the feet of the organization’s leadership—especially its board. Afterall, it’s the board’s responsibility to hire execujtive leadership, to assure the organization stays true to its mission and is effective and accountable.

Organizations with a preponderance of lousy board members turn our to be lousy organizations. Consequently, survival and growth depends on an organization’s ability to weed out bad board members as quickly and frequently as necessary.

In practice getting rid of mediocre, bad or downright awful board members proves difficult for most nonprofits. No more!

This is a long-overdue guide to making dreams of nonprofit organizations come true by exorcising the nightmare of lousy board members. Simone Joyaux’s lifetime of thoughtful, proven experience in building strong organizations is distilled in this highly readable, how-to roadmap to success.

Ms Joyaux has produced the equivalent of a GPS for steering your actions in building a great boards and culling bad board members.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 2, 2014
When I read the manuscript for 'Firing Lousy Board Members' it seemed to me that Simone Joyaux has excelled herself with this book about building the board you want.

It’s straight-talking Simone at her cage-rattling best. She’s always practical, provocative, challenging and, of course, almost invariably right. Famously, half of Unilever’s advertising didn’t work, but they never knew which half. We all know that at least half our boards don’t work and half our board members should be fired, yet we know which ones, all too well. So, Simone’s done our sector a massive service with this work. I’m looking forward to getting my hands on a copy of the finished book.

Fire away!

Ken Burnett, author, Relationship Fundraising, The Tiny Essentials
of an Effective Volunteer Board and other books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 3, 2014
You believe you need high profile people on your Board. You recruit all the “right people” and the right work is just not happening.

You worry that transitioning the Board to add new members will create even bigger headaches. You know you need to reengineer the Board to have the right combination of talented passionate people. First, ask yourself, which is the priority, the mission or the problem Board members? Mission must be the answer!

Simone Joyeux's concise, direct, clear manual gives you the roadmap to build a power Board, confront problem members who actually jeopardize your mission, and get on track.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 2, 2014
As frank as the title, Simone has again demonstrated why she is a leading (and needed) voice in our sector. Good and effective Board behavior must be articulated and enabled…bad Board behavior must not be tolerated. As staff and volunteer leaders, this is our shared mission-critical responsibility. Preach sister!

Sharilyn Hale, M.A., CFRE
Principal, Watermark Philanthropic Advising
BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer
Past Chair, CFRE International
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on July 30, 2014
I keep this book on my desk and point to it at propitious moments, like when nonprofit staff and board members express frustration because they can't find enough "good" board members. After probing about what makes a "good" board member, I will often hear that the real problem is that too many board seats are taken up by those who are not carrying their weight or worse, think that their opinions outweigh actual facts or measurable outcomes.
Joyaux provides a candid, humorous, easy-to-digest manual for the task of moving a nonprofit board in the right direction. Her prose is clear and her examples are useful. The performance appraisal tools in the appendix are particularly helpful and grounding.
If you sit on a nonprofit board, or are considering nonprofit board service for the first time, read Firing Lousy Board Members- pronto!
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on February 8, 2014
If you run a nonprofit, I'll bet you have some lousy board members who don't show up or follow through or make a serious personal commitment to your cause. They're sucking the sap out of your organization. In this fantastic book, Simone will tell you how to deal with them.

Simone talks truth to power and she does it with humor and wit and simple good sense. You'll never again think it's okay to have a dysfunctional board. And, after you read this book, you'll know how to fix it.

WOW! Simone's written a book that will change the way you manage your board. You'll learn how to help every board member function at their best and how to get rid of the ones who don't.

Imagine how much better the world would be if every board was a great board! This book is a gift to the world!
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on October 26, 2014
Srsly. I read it on one sitting, start to finish. And felt a little sad when it was over.

I'm the ED of a small and scrappy non-profit who's in the process of making some big changes. I'm very much working in the proverbial trenches, and I'm here to report that Simone nails this one in a way that only someone who's walked the walk can.

Sometimes I read things and think, "Wow, have you ever actually tried any of this in the real world...with real people?" Not this one.
It's practical, straightforward, and nonsense-free.

I quiver with excitement about what the sector could look like if we all–CEOs, board members, board chairs, governance committee members, DODs etc etc etc–read this book. And then acted accordingly.

Buy it. Read it. Share it.
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on September 22, 2014
In her cut-to-the-chase, no-nonsense way, Simone has given us all permission - and the tools - to do what we need to do. Real leadership takes courage and in this book, Simone courageously challenges everyone in the sector to stop settling for mediocre - or even worse - boards.

Cathy Mann
President, Cathy Mann & Associates Inc and
Academic Coordinator, Ryerson University's Fundraising Management Certificate program
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on February 16, 2014
I had the privilege of reading this book before it was released. It reminded me of being at one of Simone's terrific workshops, but you get to bring her voice home with you...and what a voice! Challenging, funny, provocative, and eye-opening. She has the courage to write what many of us in the nonprofit community have been thinking for years: if board members can't do the job, get rid of them. Step by step, she shows you how."
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on June 1, 2015
This book provides the kind of candid, detailed guidance that can remake a stagnant board into one with renewed energy. Simone Joyaux uses her characteristically engaging style to convey the advantages--and sometimes the hard realities--of board transformation. She excels in the kind of tough love that many boards need. Her book is one I will continue to recommend to all those who are committed to organizational excellence.
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