Awaken Your Board Members' Passion with this Powerful Exercise
Would you like to pep up your board members, re-engage them in your mission and awaken the passion they feel for your cause?
Would you like to build each board member's sense of "team" and bring them closer together as a group?
Would you like to reconnect them with the reason they're taking the time out of their busy lives to serve on the board?
Would you like to help them get to know each other and bond in a deeper way?
Here's an exercise that can accomplish these important objectives in about 15 minutes.
Ask them why they care
Board members rarely get to talk about why they care so much about your cause. Helping them discuss this can change everything. It can open their hearts and raise up their deepest feelings.
And when you awaken people's passion for causes they are passionate about, they can change the world. They get unstuck, and remember what's most important, why they are there and what needs to be done.
I do many board retreats around the globe and I always, always start off with this simple exercise. And board members love it! They love the conversation. They love connecting with their colleagues. Their energy goes up. They loosen up. And they are far more ready to get to work!
Here's what you do. Ask them this simple question: "Why do you personally care about our organization?"
It's a pretty unusual question because board members don't often get a chance to talk about why they care. They're too busy doing business and being efficient. In the interest of using their time wisely, we often don't take the time to go deeper and touch their hearts.
We rarely ask them about their own story.