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.