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Read a set of minutes and one may ask why the board convened? There was no evidence of significant actions and the majority of time was spent listening to reports.
Every nonprofit has a mission or a statement of purpose. It communicates the organization’s reason for existence and public benefit. Discussions and decisions are framed by the mission. The best are distinctive, memorable and easy to recite.
Mission creep and micromanagement are disorders of a board. The symptoms and cures are different. Both create disruption in an organization
The motion on the board table had enough momentum to pass without much discussion. Then an astute director asked, “How will we measure performance? How will we know if we have been successful?”
Boards sometimes create a mission statement similar to how we prepare a holiday turkey. They stuff as much as they can into the mission to satisfy everybody. Our family turkey used to have a bread stuffing. Then somebody suggested an oyster stuffing. My niece wanted a ground beef stuffing with onions, so we decided to go half and half inside the bird.
After a devastating weather event neighbors emerge in shock, asking “are you okay?” Recovery starts fast. You hear the chainsaws clearing driveways and streets. Piles of rubble begin to line sidewalks. A weather event comes on fast and ends abruptly.
Back in the year 2000 in the book Bowling Alone, author Robert Putnam described how Americans were disengaging from civic organizations, political involvement, meeting attendance and volunteer service.