Several years ago, the Director of Development at a nonprofit where I served on the board left to go to a larger organization, “Mary,” the Founder and Executive Director, immediately embarked on a search for the Development Director’s replacement.
It wasn’t long before Mary was excited to present the credentials of the “perfect candidate,” “Evelyn,” to the board. When I questioned her qualifications, Mary responded, “I have known her personally for some time. She is from the community where we are housed, worked for and is still connected to a prominent local politician…. and I really like her!”
Evelyn was terminated for cause less than six months after she was hired.