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Instill Confidence in New Board Members

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.”

Technology Improves the Consent Agenda

The consent agenda is a tool to facilitate more effective board meetings. Adding technology to the concept improves ease of use and impact.

Taming Committee Reports at Board Meetings

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!)

Board Decorum

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,…

Information Digestion – How to Prepare the Board without Overloading

The key to making this transition to a more condensed packet is not to make it all at once.

Build Upon the Mission

Every nonprofit has a mission or a statement of purpose. It communicates the organization’s reason for existence and public benefit.

Innovation or Evolution in your Organization?

How important is innovation versus evolution? Do non-profit organizations today innovate or evolve or is it a combination of the two?

The Member Minute and Mission Moment

Directors are expected to represent the interests of members. At board meetings it seems like the board is disconnected or unaware of the membership.

Your Board’s Information Curve

Your board members have a fiduciary duty to its members in three areas; the duties of care, loyalty and obedience.

Freedom to Associate

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.

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Founder’s Syndrome

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.

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Did Your Organization Lose Its Executive Director? The Top 10 Skillsets To Look For In Your Next Executive Director?

Losing your executive director one day is not only possible but will happen sometime in the future.