The Role of the Board in Nonprofit Success
- Board members practice their own personal elevator speeches: "why I care."
- Board members are able to comfortably articulate why their organization is important.
18. Self-evaluation process. Great boards have a board self-evaluation each year, and they discuss it frankly.
- The group has a feedback mechanism in place to get feedback from board members about their experience and how to make it better.
- The board takes seriously issues that come up in the annual self-evaluation process.
19. Monitoring progress. High-performing boards have a way to measure how well they are doing. They measure themselves against goals, both as individuals and as a group.
- A board selects certain data points as a dashboard that reflects organization performance.
- A board that sets performance goals for itself as well as for the organization is more effective.
20. Bias toward action. Great boards are action-oriented. They like to get things done.
- Board members understand that their job is not just to come to meetings and pontificate.
- Each board member knows what his or her to-do list is.
21. Clear decision making. Great boards are clear on where decision-making authority lies.
- They establish who is supposed to make what decision, and they are clear about it.
- They have clear ground rules on how decisions are made.
22. Clear communications channels. Great boards are clear on how communications are supposed to flow. The issue of who knows what, when is one of the great sources of friction in any group working together.
- News is shared by the appropriate people, not by the grapevine.
- The right people are informed at the right time.
23. Committees. Great boards don't have committees that linger forever. They know that committees that meet endlessly start to become tired, with lagging attendance.