Boards are complex systems. Even for experienced board members, joining a new board involves a period of transition, orientation, and assimilation. There are two things that will help get those new directors quickly up to speed: a small handbook and a mentor. Here’s how to fast-track your new directors with peer mentors . . .
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!
For many nonprofits, following a strategic plan was like running track. Now it’s a trail run.
The boards of nonprofit organizations make numerous decisions. Some are small and routine, like approving the minutes. Others, like setting executive limitations policies, have significant impact on the organization. But the one big decision for nonprofit directors is hiring the CEO. Get this decision right, and nearly all the others fall into place. Get it wrong, and not much else will work.