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Aligned Influence Consulting is an Approved Provider of Governance and Leadership Development for Association of Christian Schools International Member Schools

Aligned Influence Consulting has just begun its 4th year as an approved provider of services for the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and its member schools. Christian schools are important part of the educational fabric in almost every community in America and in many countries around the world. Their mission is to provide an excellent private school academic experience in th...
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Alignment Always Comes Before Effectiveness

Your auto mechanic can affirm that your car will not operate effectively if the front wheels are not aligned effectively. Your chiropractor will agree that your body will not function as effectively as it could if it isn’t properly aligned. The coach of your local high school football team knows that if players do not clearly know their roles and how those roles align with the player next to them ...
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Everything We Need to Know About Governing the Church is in the Bible, Isn’t It?

Unfortunately, I too often hear this idea from pastors and church leaders. It is often reinforced by seminaries where the education of future clergy is heavy on theology and light on leadership and management. The Bible clearly outlines roles for overseers (elders, bishops) and servant leaders (deacons) in First Timothy, but the level of detail about how those offices carry out their roles or how ...
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Do We Really Need Corporate Governance In Nonprofits?

I hear this question often when talking with potential clients. What they really mean is, “We are not a corporation, so we don’t need corporate governance… do we?” The question really surfaces a few misunderstandings.First, they are a corporation. The term nonprofit is usually used alone, but it really is only shorthand for nonprofit corporation. They are indeed a corporation and one of the tw...
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Assessing the Working Relationship Between Your Board Of Directors and the Executive Team

How effective is your board of directors? How effective is your executive director? How effective is their working relationship? Do those sound like questions that you have asked lately? You are not alone. So, how would you approach such a question? Many board chairpersons and executive directors would love an answer. They understand better than anyone that donors’ money and their time are often w...
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When do I coach, when do I watch, and what do I say?

As a consultant, I am often in the role of a coach. Earlier this week, I was invited to observe one of my client’s board meetings and give them some feedback. This particular organization has been a client for several years.  As you can imagine, I have many hours invested in coaching their board members, their staff, and in particular their chairperson of the board and their executive director. As...
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What is the cost of not investing?

Questions like this are often heard when someone is making choices about their next stock purchase. Recently I was confronted with this question when a potential client was pondering the “cost,” both in dollars and in time, of investing in the development of organizations board of directors, the executive director and the relationship between the two. My counsel is always the same: the cost of not...
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Are some non-profits just not ready for a board that governs?

Yesterday, I was once again confronted with a question that I often ponder: are there some boards that are not yet ready to govern and that simply have to function as working boards?  The idea comes from trying to apply John Carver’s concepts that today are commonly referred to as International Policy Governance to a very young organization (sometimes defined as having very few or no paid staff). ...
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