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Relationship Model™ Consulting Course

The Botswana course for training and licensing consultants in the Relationship Model of governance, leadership and management has just been completed.  Five CEOs of Botswana NGOs and one senior manager have received their licenses.  One more is completing the practicum, the last of 20 modules in this six month course. Their shared mission is to strengthen the governance and management of the 1,700 NGOs in Botswana. Four of them already plan to translate Not-for-profit Governance Matters into Setswana next year.

Here are the results of a 10-statement survey with evaluations of the consulting course along with their comments from the seven who took the course and are now consultants licensed in the Relationship Model™. Read more

Who is in Charge of Investments?

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Question:  In our organization our CEO has total control of the investing of all our endowment funds.  Personally, I do not think this is appropriate.  I believe that the board should not delegate the responsibility, because it cannot delegate the accountability.  And just because the CEO is experienced in investing, the board is not excused from the accountability.  What is your opinion of this?

Answer: you are certainly correct in saying that the board is accountable for the investment function of the organization. However, a board of directors of an organization of any size must of necessity delegate most of its functions to someone.  That someone is usually the CEO.

The investment function, however, is unique in my opinion.  I do not believe that the investment of endowment funds should be delegated to the CEO even if the CEO is experienced in investing.  It is too much responsibility to delegate to one person.  Read more

The Relationship Model in Congregations

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Question: If I finally get the co-pastor I need, how would the services that your consulting firm offers be of use and help to us?   I have surfed your website a little bit, but have not done so in depth.   A few words about that would be helpful.

Answer: Yes, the Relationship Model would benefit you immensely, not just the working relationship between you and your co-pastor but between both of you and the council and congregation.  It would also benefit you in strategic planning by focusing your energy on beneficiaries (elderly, single parents, divorced couples, youth, etc) and services (worship, counselling, discipleship, music, etc.)  No congregation can be all things to all people.  The people themselves should be expressing their needs and identifying their beneficiaries.  Usually congregations lump these two sides of the “grid” together without separating them first to define them (beneficiaries and services that is).  Then we also tend to confuse programs (the freedom of lay leaders and pastors to decide) and services (the strategic expression of need that is for the congregation to decide).  For example, worship is a strategic (what) service, but a Friday evening contemporary service for weekend campers is a tactical (how) program to deliver that service.  The beneficiary is families who go camping. Read more