Do many of these sound familiar? If so, it’s time to do something. Let me know what else you might add to this list.

  1. No strategic plan in place
  2. Poor alignment between goals and:resources, staffing, structure, budget, decision-making
  3. Infrequently monitoring financial results
  4. Relying on too few revenue sources and not nurturing new revenue streams
  5. Failing to recruit prospective director candidates who are a good strategic “fit” for your board
  6. Tolerating poor performance, lack of accountability, and weak governance on the board
  7. Micro-managing the CEO and staff
  8. Excessively focusing on “means” rather than “ends”
  9. Failing to periodically make capacity-building investments
  10. Permitting complacency and entitlement to slip into the boardroom and organization
  11. Avoiding annual performace reviews and periodic organizational assessments
  12. Permitting the CEO or board chair’s personality to become bigger than the mission
  13. Allowing personal agendas to trump approved goals and strategies
  14. Not seeking feedback on organizational performance from key partners, and others
  15. Not using metrics to evaluate performance and improve impact
  16. Not having or enforcing term limits for board members
  17. Ignoring the 800# gorillas in the board room
  18. Not making the “tough calls” when they are needed
  19. Failing to invest in the professional growth of your key staff
  20. Taking volunteers for granted
  21. Not focusing on how effective your programs are
  22. Losing focus by permitting mission creep
  23. Settling for status quo
  24. Embracing a “not invented here” attitude
  25. Not celebrating successes, top performance, or when people go above and beyond

What characteristics would you add? Send them to me…