Firing Lousy Board Members…And Helping the Others Succeed

by Simone Joyaux


Every organization deserves a good board and effective board members. And every board member deserves a chance to be an effective board member. But too often, things aren’t working. Board members aren’t effective – and staff aren’t helping them to be effective. Or, staff are doing all that is possible – but the board member is causing too many problems. This book tells you how to fix the situation.

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  • Avoid firing too often by learning how to choose the right board members in the first place.
  • Uncover essential methods to help you glean the best performance from every board member.
  • Discover helpful feedback tactics that salvage lousy board members.
  • Recognize when you’ve reached the point of firing and how to gracefully handle it.


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About the Author

Simone Joyaux, ACFRE, provides consulting services in fund development, strategic planning and board development to all types and sizes of nonprofits. She speaks at conferences worldwide; serves as faculty for the Masters Program in Philanthropy and Development, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota; and volunteers on boards including CFRE International. In addition, she is the author of two other books: Keep Your Donors: The Guide to Better Communications and Stronger Relationships (coauthored with Tom Ahern) and Strategic Fund Development: Building Profitable Relationships that Last (in its third edition). She has contributed chapters to other books including The Fundraising Feasibility Study and The Nonprofit Consulting Playbook, as well as columns to The Nonprofit Quarterly. Find out more at

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