It is often said that we don’t learn from the mistakes of others; we must make their own mistakes. Yet, it is also often said that the importance of studying history is so that we don’t repeat the mistakes (that others made) of history. So, which is it?
think it is the former, that people don’t learn from the mistakes of others. Is
it that they don’t pay attention? That they think they are smarter; that it
won’t happen to them? They can’t/don’t
see themselves in those “others?”
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Twice a year I get to revisit the debacle that was Penn State’s board back at the time of Sandusky, as I use the Freeh Report as case study for my graduate students. Each time I reread it or discuss it, I renew my belief that I expressed the very first time that I wrote about the Freeh Report in 2012, that this should be required reading by every nonprofit board member. And, then, every board should have a thorough conversation, identifying all of the mistakes the Read more
Those of us who have long subscribed to best practices in nonprofit governance have reason to be appalled by the National Organization for Nonprofit Organizations and Executives pushing out its own version of best practices for nonprofits. It is difficult to know anything for sure about this less than two-year-old organization, as its website provides very little information unless you sign up.
But apparently this group has managed to get followers, as there are pictures on its website of its convention and expo. And it is Read more