The people you bring onto your board are fully capable of finding their own way. They are self-starters, motivated to take on new challenges. So direct that motivation into advancing the work of your board, rather than figuring out how your board works!
To help board members engage in decisions and focus discussions on governance, try framing all agenda items as questions.
Young Hornblower did everything right — given what he knew. But he failed to get the key piece of data that might have saved his ship.
Many nonprofit boards still have executive committees. Most of these boards haven’t stopped to consider why they have them or if they really need them. An executive committee may have been a good response when it was difficult for the full board to meet, or when communication was difficult, expensive, or slow. With the options available now to connect groups of people quickly and cheaply, the only reasons for maintaining a separate executive committee are bad ones.
What do board members need to be effective? Here are five ways to enhance board productivity with less paper waste.