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Board Orientation Article
“Can you help me convince my board that orientation is important?” It’s a frequent question from executive directors asking for assistance to improve governance; they are pitted against a board that calls orientation “a waste of time.”
After many board meetings I hear the staff say, “they loaded me up with all sorts of new projects.” One way to ease the volunteers from unloading on staff is to educate leaders about their roles and responsibilities, strategic goals, resources and committees.
most organizations conduct board orientation periodically. The audience, delivery content, and frequency vary broadly. There is even difference as to whether the process is exclusively for new leaders or should it include the entire board.
Boards often scoff at the idea of an annual leadership orientation. They say, “We had a good one three years ago,” or “there are only 2 new members on the board – we’ll do something for them next year.”
Leadership Orientation – Agenda – Sample - I. Welcome and Introductions – Incoming or Current President
NEWLY elected board members rely on staff to inform them about their roles and responsibilities. Many associations conduct an annual orientation - it can be as simple as a short briefing at the first meeting of the board, or as elaborate as a weekend retreat to impart knowledge and explore the future of the organization. Topics will range from parliamentary procedure to UBIT and apparent authority. The goal is the transfer of critical knowledge and insights into the year ahead.
Board Orientation Manual
Board Orientation Manual - Sample Table of Contents
A STEP-BY-STEP APPROACH TO EMERGENCY PLANNING, RESPONSE AND RECOVERY FOR COMPANIES OF ALL SIZES