Revisit these items: To what extent did I: ____ Demonstrate that this is an opportunity for me to serve ____ Learn about, and align with, the mission, vision, and strategy ____ Serve the organization and community ____ Make those I interacted with more energized, passionate, knowledgeable, and effective Be As Intention As Possible With the… click to continue reading
The predominant model is a Board of Directors that determines mission, oversees high level policy, and ensures fiscal responsibility. In the earlier stages of an organization, before a full management function has been created and professional expertise broadly established, a Board will need to take on additional executive roles around strategy and its implementation. How well these transitions are handled is critical to organizational success and culture development.
Staffing the Board with smart, committed, and well networked individuals is one of the permanent, ever present tasks of the organization. A pipeline of interested individuals is one of the most significant metrics of organizational health. It also plays a strong role in the morale of the senior leaders of the organization.
Talk to Everyone That’s the current committee members, the outgoing committee chair, the Board leadership, the ED/CEO, appropriate staff, and any other key stakeholders. Ask about hopes and aspirations, commitments and expectations, concerns and trouble spots. Summarize what you’ve heard, and share it back with the committee, in as objective a manner as you can.… click to continue reading
Be Positive and Optimistic Mission-driven organizations need to be intentional about optimism, and seeing the world as a set of opportunities rather than problems. This can be hard to infuse into an organizational climate. Check your own mindset in this regard, and commit to doing your best with your behavior in this regard, in both… click to continue reading
Suggested Goals: Set Your Intentions Learn Establish a positive brand for yourself Build relationships and rapport Get Clear On Your Long Term Intentions Take some time to get clear on why you are helping this particular organization. Use the results of this reflection as a guide for all of your work on this Board. Here… click to continue reading
Principles for Distributing Responsibility between Staff, Management, and Board Board members are temporary, part-time volunteers with diverse backgrounds and viewpoints. They are informed by prior experiences and experts (and wanna-be experts, and spouses, and friends, and…). Twelve Board members can have twelve differing views on their own responsibilities. Staff members usually have career paths and… click to continue reading