Supercharge Your Board: An Annual Plan for Engagement

On July 20, members of the Greater Good community heard from Kim Fabian, Chief Experience Officer of Elevatr, as she presented ways to supercharge our boards based on her 30+ years of experience.  We learned how to navigate complex board dynamics and elevate our organization’s board performance by using transparent discussion, best practices, and a toolkit of realistic strategies that can be implemented each year. Here are our top 5 takeaways:

  1. “People will never be perfect; therefore, boards will never be perfect.”
  2. The partnership between the board and the CEO/ED begins with the CEO/ED.  And, keep in mind, the board has one employee, the CEO/ED.
  3. To ensure board engagement: run a board meeting that people want to attend, guide the committee work, set firm board member expectations and communicate with purpose.
  4. During 1:1 meetings with board members: review the previous year, discuss the year ahead and forecast the next steps.  This is a great opportunity to determine how their interest aligns with the organization’s mission.
  5. Follow an annual board engagement calendar that outlines simple tasks for each month.  For example, during which months are board orientations held?  Which months will 1:1 meeting be offered?  Consider sending a monthly highlight email.

“People are yearning to be asked to use the full measure of their potential for something they care about.”  Dan Pollotta, Founder of Charity Defense Council


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