Episode 51

Published on:

22nd Sep 2022

Making your Succession Plan a Success

On this week's episode of IMPACTability®, we are joined by Joshua Borenstein, Art Executive and Yale Lecturer on "Theatre Organizations." We'll look at the value of a proper succession plan and get expert tips on how to achieve the best possible results regardless of the situation. Save yourself from the future headaches with this week's episode of IMPACTability®!

About Joshua Borenstein:

As a teacher, he has been a Lecturer in Theater Management at the David Geffen School of Drama at Yale since 2017. He served at Long Wharf Theatre for 13 years, including eight as its Managing Director, and he guided the organization through three different leadership transitions. Josh was recognized in Connecticut Magazine’s “40 Under 40: Class of 2014.” He is also a graduate of Wesleyan University and Yale University's David Geffen School of Drama.


  • Introductions 0:30
  • Why succession plans can be "scary" 2:00
  • Who should create the plan? 2:30
  • Is a succession plan as important as policy? 3:40
  • Best practices for making a plan 4:18
  • Beware of ego's, stick to missions 6:27
  • How often should nonprofits assess their own leadership? 7:20
  • Should you have multiple plans? 8:45
  • Josh's Interim leadership story 13:00
  • Should a nonprofit include interim leadership in their plan? 16:20
  • Do interim Leaders have a say in the choice for the next director? 17:29
  • How to motivate staff during a surprise leadership change 18:40
  • Dealing with the donors 20:58
  • Coaches corner 22:59

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IMPACTability: The Nonprofit Leaders' Podcast
Each week, we feature an expert in their nonprofit field, discussing topics that range from fundraising and nonprofit management to Board development and marketing.
The show explores the landscape of the nonprofit organization and best practices from nonprofit experts. Get advice on how to solve the problems plaguing your nonprofit with your host Joe Turner of Soukup Strategic Solutions, a full-service nonprofit consulting company helping nonprofits across the country. Each week, we feature an expert in their nonprofit field, discussing topics that range from fundraising and nonprofit management to Board development and marketing.

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Joe Turner

For more than 20 years, Joe had successfully programmed radio stations in Detroit; Lansing, Michigan; South Bend, Indiana; and southwest Florida. Joe left the day-to-day radio world in 2007 for the nonprofit world when he joined Hodges University as its Director of Public Relations and Alumni Services. In 2021, he joined Soukup Strategic Solutions as the Director of Fundraising, Marketing, and Communications. Joe continues to run his own voice over company where he offers commercial and narration voice over services and has won three Telly awards for his work. He is a native of Detroit where he attended Wayne State University and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Media Arts. In his spare time Joe loves to cook, is a musician and a self-professed “foodie.”