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Board Members Article
Most boards meet quarterly. If your last meeting was less than effective consider these quick tips for improvements in board service.
We grow up hearing, “respect your elders.” It means to heed and honor those who have knowledge derived from experience that supersedes your own.
How do we keep directors engaged? "They lose steam. A few quit coming to meetings The passion they expressed has waned," are frequent complaints. The problem may run deeper than engagement. Board satisfaction is often correlated to engagement. A board member who loses interest may be dissatisfied with the organization or their leadership role. With 1.5 million nonprofit boards in the US, many struggle to attract and engage good leaders.
Welcome to the Board. You'll be attending meetings where nearly every call for action will begin with the phrase, "I make a motion ... " A motion is a way to introduce a topic to the meeting. An individual makes a motion, another seconds it. Now it is properly positioned for the Board's consideration.
The most common question asked by executive director is how do I &d new leaders?'' Whether seeking directors for the board. volunteers for committee or industry way leaders to serve on allied boards. the critical step is to ASK. Nearly every volunteer remembers who flattered them with the question, ''Would you accept a leadership role in our organization?
Before, During and After Board Meetings - A compilation of practices offered through the ASAE Executive Section listserv in March 2010.
"Leaders are made, they are not born," said NFL Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardi. So where does one find a good source for leadership development? Association boardrooms are ideal schools for leadership. Most volunteers join a board out of a sense of responsibility and passion. Few people consider that board service results in enhanced skills to support personal and career growth.
How can you avoid a boardroom meltdown --- when voices are raised, fingers pointed or directors leave mad? The board meeting is a setting that brings together diverse volunteers for the purpose of governance. Discussions can be passionate and frustrating, and the environment unique to new directors.
When the meeting convened there were 12 empty seats. Nearly half of the directors did not show up. They addressed the problem by reducing the size of a quorum from 50 to 40 percent or only 12 people.
Board service requires an understanding of the terminology related to governance, meetings and legal requirements. Board Terminology provides definitions to the often-heard terms.
Read a set of minutes and one may ask why the board convened? Their was no evidence of significant actions and the majority of time was spent listening to reports.
Board Matrix Qualifications
The combination of skills and attributes will impact the board of directors. The aim is a mix of critical characteristics represented by various board members.
Board Member Recruitment Package
Here are some tips on what to include in your board’s recruitment package that you give to prospective board members. A decision to join a board is an important one. You want candidates to be well informed about the organization and have given their commitment considerable thought before they agree to serve.
External influences are a catalyst for change on association boards. The economy causes members and sponsors to evaluate participation. Benefits are changing to meet member challenges. The IRS and media scrutinize the purpose of tax exempt organizations. Technology has altered the speed and methods of communication and governance. Generations are saying no thanks to joining and serving as volunteer leaders. The real question is, "are we producing meaningful results as leaders?"
How do we keep directors engaged? "They lose steam a few quit coming The passion they expressed has waned," are frequent complaints. The problem may run deeper than engagement. Board satisfaction is often correlated to engagement. A board member who loses interest may be dissatisfied with the organization or their leadership role. With 1.5 million nonprofit boards in the US, many struggle to attract and engage good leaders.
Career Defining Decisions
As the associations/chamber CEO, I’m often the first employee to show up at the office. This day I put my key in the door but it does not budge. I’m sure it’s the right key but it does not give me access.
Not all directors know the meaning of governance. Some join the board with experience in their own work settings --- making administrative or tactical decisions each day. This is not governance.
Disaster Survival Notebook
Nobody thought the warning of a flash flood would impact the association office. Usually that “happens to somebody else.” Flash floods would slow the drive home…but certainly not destroy our office!
Don’t just sit there
It's true of so many things, bur especially seminars and conferences: You get out of chem what you put into chem. To encourage attendees to make the most of your association's educational opportunities, share these 13 rips to maximize the benefits of attendance. (You'll probably even profit from the suggestions yourself)
Associations want to portray strength. If the national is composed of state chapters, or the state has local components, all of them should perform at a certain level to deliver consistent value to members.
The board settled in for a productive meeting. The agenda listed several significant items including the approaching legislative session, a fund raising campaign, and selecting the site for the 2018 conference.
Board and Committee Ground Rules - We agree we serve on one team and are guided by these principles throughout the year:
Many factors detract from good board meetings, ranging from poor room setup to poorly designed agenda. Some executives describe their board as having ADHD - attentiondeficit/ hyperactivity disorder.
Orientation is the process of delivering information to the board of directors. Generally the directors listen and ask questions about their responsibilities. Frequently their questions reveal concerns. At a recent orientation, the questions led to opportunities for improving governance.
Joining a board of directors is an exciting experience. It is an opportunity to lead and to serve, a chance to advance a mission or cause. But directors with minimal experience in governing often don’t know what to ask.
Ten tips to guide a conversation with new members of the board of directors:
Board Development Committee - Nomination Process
Remember the game of whispering a message down a line of people? Inevitably the original message morphed into something different or wrong when it reached the final person. Post board meeting reports often experience similar communication confusion.
I met a young women in the Middle East who volunteered as a trainer for her professional association. We discussed the goals of the association and she asked what I thought of the mission and vision statements.
Peaker Clause on Antitrust avoidance
Legal counsel has asked that our speakers be made aware of XYZ's strong belief in competition under strict anti-trust rules. The purpose of these rules is to preserve and promote free competition.
Before accepting an offer to serve on a board a prospective director should ask a few key questions. The organizations executive director and nominations committee should be armed to answer.