Common board shortcomings

Are you aware of the main weaknesses, omissions, mistakes, flaws, bad judgments, and even sins that a board or individual board member can commit? From an excellent article published by the Boardsource Knowledge Center (on www.nonprofitalliance.org), here are some common ways that a governing board can lose its way. We’ve certainly addressed many of these“Common board shortcomings”

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Strategic board recruitment

We’re currently working with several nonprofit clients on board recruitment. Finding the right mix of perspectives for your board is a critical practice in building a thriving organization but a process too often overlooked or done poorly. Create the Future, is loaded with great information, tips, and how-to’s on this subject and others. Their excellent,“Strategic board recruitment”

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Electronic voting on your board

Sometimes your board does not have the luxury of meeting in person when an important matter must be voted on. Whether the circumstance is a cancelled meeting due to weather or the urgency of an issue needing to be addressed prior to your next scheduled meeting, your process for coordinating a board action by email“Electronic voting on your board”

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Coach your board to be better ambassadors

The success of your nonprofit is forever linked to the strength of your board of directors. In our consulting work with nonprofits and international NGOs, the theme of board development—from recruitment, orientation, engagement, and reward—is a constant. And although nonprofits often enjoy the gift of caring, intelligent, willing board members, regrettably few organizations are effectively“Coach your board to be better ambassadors”

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