Does it always seem like the board is veering off course or forgetting the mission set by the organization? It happens quite often. What we do is help with course corrections and a framework for the board of directors to continue on its mission path.
As a board member, have you seen your articles of incorporation? Have a working knowledge of the policies and bylaws? We provide an orientation program that speaks to the roles of the board member, the board and its legal and fiduciary responsibilities.
As we noted earlier, we provide a focused session with the board around its legal and fiduciary responsibilities of the board. We also review the roles of staff and the board, which makes for a much better working relationship.
As a board, do you understand your authority and the powers vested in you as a board and a board member? We clearly attack these issues and bring this information to light.
We serve as an independent “ear” to the board president and also a coach to help him or her through their year as president. Even if you have a paid executive director, we work hand-in-hand with your executive director and not only provide guidance and counsel to the board president or other leader on the board of directors, we provide that same service to the executive director.
Executive Director Coaching:
An essential service that we provide is coaching for your association or nonprofit executive director. The following are reasons why you should consider executive director coaching:
New Executive Director:
The executive director does not have many years of experience leading organizations but has excellent potential.
Industry Executive Director:
Hired from the association or nonprofit’s industry or profession but needs to develop the skills and expertise as a nonprofit/association executive director.
Deputy Executive Director:
You have a capable number two in your organization that you just promoted but they are still green in certain areas. WE can help work with your executive director to build and hone missing skills through an assessment profile we conduct.
Your organization is still in the process of hiring an executive director and needs an interim executive director. We step in to ensure that the organization is following its bylaws, its policies and adhering to all state and local laws while serving as interim executive director.
Bill Pawlucy, MPA, CAE, IOM, is founder of Association Options, Inc. a company that focuses on practical strategic planning (corporate and nonprofit), management assessments, Baldrige Award process implementation, AMC search and evaluation, facilitation, and governance modeling. He is also the executive director of the International Association of Interviewers and is an appointee to the U.S. Department of Commerce Board of Examiners for the Baldrige Presidential Award.