How much time, care and preparation do we put into board meetings?
Performance excellence in a non-profit cannot occur without performance measures.
If you’ve heard it once you’ve heard it dozens of times at board meetings: “I just have a question.”
What does dysfunction look like? How do we fix it?
director walked into the board meeting with an agenda of her own.
She said, “My chapter expects the state board to resolve our
hat was she wearing; a chapter director, a board member? She got on
the board because the bylaws allow for representation from each chapter.
A common response of new directors is, “I won’t say anything during my first six months of meetings; I’ll just be an observer.”
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,…
The key to making this transition to a more condensed packet is not to make it all at once.