The Most Common Board Questions

Written by Bob Harris, CAE Most Common Board Questions The three most common questions about boards of directors. Often they are asked by executive directors who want their boards to perform at a higher level with improved outcomes. • What size should the board be? •How often should the board meet? • What about ex-officio…

Maintaining Bold

Written by Bob Harris, CAE BOLD is a word frequently used in news headlines. “We need a bold plan to address guns in schools,” and, “Candidate unveils bold initiatives to curb violence.” Bold can be described as an action or decision that demonstrates an ability to take risks with confidence and courage.   Seldom does…

Misguided Practices

Written by Bob Harris, CAE There is no single authority for how associations operate. Every nonprofit and its board are unique. They are influenced by culture, resources, scope and member expectations, for example. While rigid guidelines don’t exist, some processes are better than others. Here are examples of MISGUIDED PRACTICES regarding minutes, board meetings and…

Association Altimeter

Written by Bob Harris, CAE I spend a lot of time on airplanes traveling to association and chamber meetings. Soon after takeoff the captain announces, “We have reached 32,000 feet, the ride should be smooth up here.” At a high altitude there is less drag. The plane is more efficient requiring less fuel. There is…