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Maximizing Your Board’s Effectiveness

Is your organization’s Board of Directors as productive and engaged as you would like it to be? In this Boards-focused issue, we offer some recommendations to help your Board put its best foot forward, from the startup phase through growing pains, and on into retirement issues.

  • After your association has launched, will your Board members feel the same level of involvement as when they were singlemindedly focused on getting the organization off the ground?  Learn why it’s natural for things to change, how to meet the challenges of this transition, and what to do to ensure long-term Board engagement in this blog post: Help Your Board Avoid the Post-launch Blues.
  • Your association is unique, but it’s still likely that your Board will encounter some common mistakes and inefficiencies. To help with this, we’ve assembled a collection of essential ground rules that will maintain or improve your Board’s performance in key areas, and you’ll find them in our white paper, “The 10 Commandments of Association Boards.”
  • Even with the best intentions in the world, serving on a Board can feel stressful and unproductive, with employers and associations seeming to make competing demands. Board members can put things into perspective and set themselves up for success instead of stress by heeding these Three Rules for Strategic Service and Less Stress.
  • Making the most of Board meetings is key to keeping people coming back for them. If your meetings empower constructive engagement and solid decision making, your association is on a pathway to succeed. You’ll find tips for achieving that in our blog post Five Ways to Get More from Your Board Meeting. And, to elaborate on the advice in the item “Death by PowerPoint,” we also offer some simple tactics for improving the ways to impart information, in Board Room Health: Ending Slide-induced Comas.

A well-run association’s responsibility for and interest in its Board members doesn’t end when their terms expire. The way in which your group handles former Board members can create a reservoir of wisdom and experience to call upon for assistance as needed, or it can result in a disgruntled group of individuals who feel left out and are eager to criticize — and who needs that? Read some positive suggestions in this blog post: Old soldiers never die, they just fade away. So goes the adage.

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