The consent agenda is a tool to facilitate more effective board meetings. Adding technology to the concept improves ease of use and impact.
Committee reports can use up valuable time at board meetings. Directors sit
through a litany
of reports and updates; the average is 15 to 17 per meeting. Often they start with, “Our committee didn’t really meet but I
can give you an update on how we’re doing…” (There goes
another 15 minutes!)
When directors join a board they expect to receive and read the governing documents. The bylaws, policies and articles of incorporation outline board authority and limitations. “Decorum is the behavior of directors considered to be correct, polite, and respectable.” But what about board decorum? Decorum is the behavior of directors considered to be correct, polite,…
Every nonprofit has a mission or a statement of purpose. It communicates the organization’s reason for existence and public benefit.
Directors are expected to represent the interests of members. At board meetings it seems like the board is disconnected or unaware of the membership.
We are fortunate to benefit from the First Amendment to the US Constitution in 1791 affording the rights to association: Freedom of Assembly, Freedom of Speech and the Right to Petition of Government.
Imagine how uncomfortable the board was to hear the founder of the organization assert that although the bylaws prescribed term limits, he was not ready to step aside.
These examples are real-life questions that were asked by board members.
In our nonprofit organizations, how do we effectively minimize these psychological biases and not ignore the true need of eliminating a program?
Essence means a core nature or indispensable quality, especially something abstract that determines its character.