A little something for the festival staffers out there; indie film consultant Mark Wynns pointed me towards this article on one of the trickier aspects of running a film festival – maintaining a board of directors. Good stuff.
Your board must understand that they are the final authority responsible for your nonprofit's performance, rather than the executive director. They should be familiar with the full range of this accountability - financial management, legal and so on.
The flip side of the accountability issue is a board that micromanages the executive director or other staff. Gottlieb states, "Micromanagement is the opposite of accountability. True accountability is proactive and preventative, while micromanagement is reactive and fear-based."