You’re one of the lucky executive directors…your board is active. How do you do it many ask you?
Here are ten tips for increasing the engagement of your board:
- Transparency on expectations i.e. tasks assigned, financial contribution, and time commitment.
- Conduct an annual evaluation of the director and board.
- Review and sign the board member agreement or statement of roles & responsibilities.
- Assign tasks appropriate to interests and time, i.e. intellectually stimulating, result in learning something new, and allow individual or group participation.
- Periodically recognize and thank board members for their efforts.
- Annual conflict of interest statement is reviewed and signed preventing any embarrassing situations.
- Understand why the director agreed to serve and the goals they hope to achieve through their service, personal and organizational.
- Assign a board buddy to new board members. An individual to help them understand the culture of the board over the first few meetings and what committees or projects to work on.
- Conduct an orientation for new board members. Use this as a time to explain board policies and procedures as documented in the board book to be distributed.
- Adopt a Consent Agenda. Meetings run with a consent agenda have more time to address strategic issues and educate board members on organizational or constituent matters. Time isn’t wasted discussing reports directors understand. It makes for a more interesting and lively meeting.
How do you engage your board members? I’m compiling a best practices list.
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