A recent consultation reminded me that on occasion, a CEO's effectiveness and efficiency is not the primary criteria behind a nonprofit board's dismissal of that same executive. There can come a time in the life of the board where a trust, perceived or real, is perceived to be broken and the board no longer believes it can work with that executive. Similarly, the "love" a board once had, can for perceived and/or tangible reasons, erode. In my experience, once lost that "love" cannot be re-won. In these two cases, action by the board becomes necessary.
This reminder should serve all to understand that there is a deep relational element, not always measurable, embodied in what must transact between a nonprofit board and its executive. This relationship has a beginning and a middle and maybe an end. It requires nuturing and understanding.