My guest for this episode is Dr. Terrie Temkin. Dr. Temkin is a founding principal of CoreStrategies for Nonprofits, Inc., an international consulting firm that builds organizational infrastructure. She is an award-winning speaker and an engaging group facilitator, who brings more than 40 years of nonprofit management and adult education experience to her work.

Considered by her colleagues as a thought leader in the area of governance, Terrie was one of the first to talk about strategic thinking as a governance function and the importance of expectations.  She is a co-author of Community Engagement Governance,™ a framework for governance that is gaining wide acceptance, and the editor of and contributor to the critically acclaimed governance anthology, You and Your Nonprofit Board. She has written four other books, has chapters in four more, has presented numerous papers, and for 25 years produced the popular “On Nonprofits” column. “On Nonprofits” was published, among other places, in The Miami Herald and Philanthropy Journal. Her articles are found in publications all over the world.

Terrie is actively involved in leadership positions in several of her profession’s associations, including service on the governance affinity groups of both the Alliance for Nonprofit Management and ARNOVA. She is a fellow of Creating the Future, an organization providing advanced training in transforming communities through governing for what matters. Terrie also serves as editor or a member of the editorial committee of a number of the field’s most respected journals and newsletters, and is an adjunct faculty member at Florida Atlantic University, teaching a graduate course in nonprofit governance. Terrie was recognized as Adjunct Faculty of the Year, 2010.

I am blessed to have had the opportunity to work directly with Terrie on national research and in writing and to call her friend.

Terrie and I explore her tips for executive directors. We know first-hand how demanding that job is. Terrie has tips to help those of you out there who are executives stay sane and on top of things.