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- Personal and professional goals achievement
- Improved personal leadership, including work / life balance
- Increased accountability and focus
- Improved self-awareness and perspective
- Growth in leadership competency and capacity
- Better systems for priority management
But I thought the board wanted this
Board Staff Commitment to Responsibilities
The Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer/Staff are a team working to achieve the organization’s mission and goals.
Directors know whether or not they are fulfilling their governance responsibilities. Given a board self-evaluation form, how would they check off the boxes?
(Note: This sample – adapted with permission – communicates the general responsibilities to board members and details the processes for identifying and handling conflicts of interest; be sure to rely on legal counsel in adopting policies.)
Now is the time to demonstrate strength, leadership and strategy. Members expect to hear confidence and solutions from their association. Associations have always been resilient, during wars, recessions and crisis. Boards and staff should portray a positive, “can-do” attitude.
As bar executives, we have been blessed to work with boards and committees that function smoothly and act in the best interests of the organization with a clear sense of purpose and vision. However, there are rare instances when a board or committee acts dysfunctional. The results of a dysfunctional board are often gridlock, frustration or lack of progress in achieving critical goals for the association.
The chairman of the board explained his perspective about directors benefitting from board service. “Because our board members are volunteers the best way to ensure they receive payback is give them first bite at business opportunities in the association.”
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. Every Motion has an Impact
A grade of 100 means you have mastered the subject – a perfect score when you were in school, In an association, the daily tasks require doing a lot of things good but not having enough time to master every responsibility. Association management is a mix of administration, risk management, technology, public relations, governance, strategic thinking, customer service and more.
Meetings of the board can be dreaded or difficult to endure. Listening to reports, watching individuals promote personal agendas, a lack of focus on outcomes, and bad behavior leaves some board members wondering if it’s worth their time. (It is no wonder it’s hard to get a quorum.) How do you create a consistent pleasant leadership experience?
There are 1.5 million exempt, not-for-profit organizations in the USA. Most have a purpose of advancing a cause or serving a community. They are different from commercial businesses because they rely on the partnership of volunteer leaders (governance) and staff (management).
“I’m eager to contribute time to a board or committee but first I want to know about the culture of the organization. How will I decide if it’s a good fit?” This was a question from a willing volunteer in a class of emerging leaders.
As volunteers get busier they rely more heavily on staff to manage key functions in the organization (i.e. budget development, technology investment, committee management.) In some situations it is wise to transfer authority to the staff to be responsible for previously exclusive board duties.
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)
Organizations plan an annual retreat to empower the board of directors with information and inspiration. The meeting is designed to transfer information to the leadership. The schedule often includes time for recreational activities or team building.
Many associations maintain a subsidiary or related foundation. The majority are educational with the mission reading: “Supporting professional development, scholarship and research.”
Leadership plays an essential role in the success of a nonprofit organization. And a change in Chief Executive leadership is as inevitable as the passing of time. This document will help a nonprofit organization recognize that planning for unplanned or temporary leadership change is a best practice—in line with other plans nonprofits regularly complete (e.g., strategic plan, communications plan, fundraising plan). An Emergency Succession Plan can bring order to time a time of turmoil, confusion and high-stress. This template will help guide you through the process.
My president-elect was excited when he accepted the position 12 months ago. Today he’s asking, “How do I lead in difficult economic times?”
Not all board members have an equal knowledge of governance. Some benefit from experiences on other boards. Others are novices. Seldom does a board say, “we need help.” In theory the directors all attended board orientation. It may be difficult to acknowledge when a board feels apprehensive about skills.