Case Study of 'A Governing Board Considers Closure: A Narrative in Three Acts'

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A Governing Board Considers Closure This essay examines the management case "A Governing Board Considers Closure: A Narrative in Three Acts" and answers Questions for Discussion. Differences in Executive Director Management Styles and Their Unique Challenges Differences between the management styles of founding executive directors (ED) and managing executive directors exist because the two positions essentially have different job descriptions. Because the founding executive typically establishes the nonprofit organization, he or she brings a unique perspective. The founding ED usually is the chief visionary for an organization, with the responsibility to establish the organization and guide it to early success. Taking an organization from start-up to established operation usually requires someone with a strong and passionate personality, with a management style that makes fast decisions and motivates people to action. The managing ED, on the other hand, usually takes over an organization with an already established structure in place. The decision-making needs of the organization have evolved to the point that the organization needs mechanisms for shared responsibility and authority (Gottlieb, 2005). In effect the founding ED "hires" himself, given that he probably hand-picked the board, while the managing ED is hired by the board. The dynamic between the founding ED and the board, staff and others throughout the organization is therefore likely to be very different when

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