April 29, 2009

How do you get the board to explore the most important questions about its own performance?

How about these questions:

1. How do we create an environment / culture that nurtures understanding, ownership, and accountability? (From colleague discussion at AFP New Orleans Conference, April 2009)

2. How do board members display group vigilance without signaling distrust of management?

3. How do we create a level playing field for all board members, regardless of longevity of service, socioeconomics, education, etc.?

4. How do we make participation in the board meaningful to the individual as a board member and to the board as a whole? What are the questions that we should always ask if we want to enhance individual board member performance?

And here’s a really big question: If most boards are not-so-effective (and I believe that to be the case),what is your responsibility as a leader for the lack of effectiveness and developing that effectiveness? And to what degree are the boards choosing to be ineffective – or simply ending up ineffective through inaction and lack of self-examination?

Visit the Free Library on my website (Board Development section) and download the PDF with many, many questions your board should examine.

About Simone Joyaux

A consultant specializing in fund development, strategic planning, and board development, Simone P. Joyaux works with all types and sizes of nonprofits, speaks at conferences worldwide, and teaches in the graduate program for philanthropy at Saint Mary’s University, MN. Her books, Keep Your Donors and Strategic Fund Development, are standards in the field.

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