In the spirit of the new year, here are 10 resolutions I think could apply to the boards of directors of non-profits and public agencies. Pick at least one for yourself and let’s check in 12 months from now!
- Take some time to get to know one another. Learn about each other’s interests. Find out what people like to do in their spare time. Plan a social outing or field trip together.
- Have at least one outreach event with a group of key stakeholders.
- Take a fresh look at your committees. Does each have a functioning chair, a clear set of objectives, and reporting relationship to the Board?
- Ask your chief executive what she or he needs in the way of professional development and provide it.
- Get very clear about the long-range results you want the organization to achieve.
- Communicate those desired results in writing to the chief executive.
- Spend time at each meeting discussing whether those results are getting accomplished.
- Use a data-driven approach in doing #3. If you lack the data, resolve to figure out how to get it.
- Review your bylaws and/or governance policies and refresh them.
- Get some training in the habits of highly effective boards!
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