By: Carolyn Haney and Sarah Andrews
Beginning stages of developing a Board/What do you need to have a successful board
both getting what they need/want. If this doesn’t happen, the board members get bored/uninterested and there is disengagement and then they leave.
members on your Board who do not give/get as much; however, they are representative
of the clients/community you are serving.
TOOLS FOR BUILDING A PRODUCTIVE BOARD
One popular tool that you can use with your BOD is called the Strengths Finder test. This is a high-level overview business-focused personality test that helps people find their top strengths in the workplace. There are 34 core strengths and the test typically identifies each persons top 5. You can then take these findings and from a high level see where your BOD falls in broader categories - meaning, do you have members who are generally good at executing tasks? At thinking strategically? Building relationships? Influencing others? So on. It also helps you cultivate more self-awareness and relationship-building among your BOD and is a great exercise to engage in during a BOD retreat or special meeting where you are just focused on the interpersonal dynamics of the BOD members.
TIP: Have everyone bring results to the meeting and discuss their findings with each other. This helps people to really see not only new ways they can be of service to the org, but also new ways that they can work together. For example, STRATEGIC/IDEATION with ACTIVATOR.
Fall 2019 Morning Lecture Series will cover topics related to Effective Board Committees and How to Maximize LinkedIn as a Networking Tool
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