You live in a small town, and the community newspaper runs a frightening headline: “Mysterious Disease Strikes Town: One of Three Residents Will Disappear by 2017.”
You read the article, and the news is even worse than you thought. By 2020, scientists predict, two out of three residents will be gone. Look to the left of you. Look to the right. In five years, you will not see those two people anymore.
This news is real—only, the “small town” is the people who serve as leaders of nonprofit organizations. At least in New England, where I live, a third of them will be gone in two years, and almost two-thirds in the next five years. The numbers are similar nationwide.
But it isn’t a dread disease that will take them away. It’s retirement.
How can your nonprofit organization prepare for the epidemic of Baby Boomer retirement?
Here are three things your current Executive Director should do before he or she retires–and three things you can do as a Board member. Read my guest post on Tripp Braden’s Developing Serving Leadership blog.