This week’s publication of the Second Edition of Best of the Board Cafe reminds me of its early days . . . before the Board Cafe expanded to Blue Avocado. Written specifically for the people on boards (rather than for “boards”), we made news by being short, practical, irreverent, and one of the first electronic-only newsletters. The strict two-page limit ensured that every word counted; each issue went through a dozen drafts to get the word count down.
The computer faxed out the Board Cafe all night long for five or six nights in a row. People would call to tell us their fax machines were in their bedrooms, and could we please fax during the day? We had to tell them no . . . the phone line costs were too expensive during the day!
The Second Edition has a dozen more articles than the earlier version, and almost all the old ones have been revised and updated, mostly in response to reader suggestions. Click here to order it (or see ad to right) . . . makes a nice present for your board president or executive director, you know!
I’m still driven by the idea that board members need independent sources of information . . . not just what their executive directors give them (example: How to Fire Your Executive Director). And that the Board Cafe (now the Blue Avocado) must be super-practical and super-real . . . and still short enough to read over a cup of coffee.
* This issue’s thread could be worry: something to worry about (for-profits seeking foundation grants), something to calm your worries (how to do criminal background checks), help for long-term worries (Critical Path) and something to eat while you worry (Virtual Potluck). Take care of yourself this week!–Jan Masaoka