Two cohorts graduated this summer… Cohorts 27 and 28. I can’t believe that I’ve taught at SMUMN since Cohort 9! For the masters program in philanthropy and development.
And every year, I blog about my experience in the program. Notes from my dorm room. We all live in the dorm!
I share these student comments with you all…Because their insights can help you ensure better governance in your organization!!
From Dan, cohort 27: “Board governance isn’t easy…it’s very complex. Pride is involved. Money is involved. Status is involved.”
From Kent, cohort 27: “I plan to implement some sort of governance development activity into each meeting. Not a big, time-consuming initiative, but just enough to keep the topic of governance top of mind.”
Brandon, cohort 27 asked (and answered his own questions):
“What is the sound of one hand clapping? Nothing.
What is the worth of a fundraiser in a silo? Nothing.
What is the value of a silent board member? Nothing.”
Cohort 27, Anna asked some great cage-rattling questions:
How can we ensure that we have an accurate understanding of the current organizational culture?
What would it look like if our organization took proactive action to develop our organizational culture?
To what extent is a disclosed conflict of interest different from an undisclosed conflict (in terms of the impact on public trust)?
How will we evaluate the level of spending that is necessary to best carry out our mission?
Such good stuff!! How might these notes from my graduated students stimulate your thinking? Challenge your assumptions? Help you do a better job?