Effective Board Governance: 10 New Year’s Resolutions

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!

#1: Resolve to 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.

#2: Resolve to have at least one outreach event with a group of key stakeholders.

#3: Resolve to take a fresh look at your committees.

Does each have a functioning chair, a clear set of objectives, and reporting relationship to the Board?

#4: Resolve to ask your chief executive what she or he needs in the way of professional development and provide it.

#5: Resolve to get very clear about the long-range results you want the organization to achieve.

#6: Resolve to communicate those desired results in writing to the chief executive.

#7: Resolve to spend time at each meeting discussing whether those results are getting accomplished.

#8: Resolve to use a data-driven approach in doing #3.

If you lack the data, resolve to figure out how to get it.

#9: Resolve to review your bylaws and/or governance policies and refresh them.

#10: Resolve to get some training in the habits of highly effective boards!

Related Blog: The Five Habits of High-Performing Boards        Tool: Governance Framework Example

Eric Douglas

Eric Douglas

Eric Douglas is the senior partner and founder of Leading Resources Inc., a consulting firm that focuses on developing high-performing organizations. For more than 20 years, Eric has successfully helped a wide array of government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and corporations achieve breakthroughs in performance. His new book The Leadership Equation helps leaders achieve strategic clarity, manage change effectively, and build a leadership culture.

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