Monthly Archives: December 2014

The Essence of Excellence in Board Leadership

Board Leadership should include:

  • Engage in strategic planning and track the process and timelines.
  • Understanding the mission and the goals that relate to the strategic direction
  • Tracking the planning process, assign responsibilities and celebrate milestones along the way
  • Building a positive public image while communicating a collective message to the general public
  •  Each board member having networks to access skills that will help fill necessary gaps in board development and committee work
  • Clear role descriptions and accountability
  • Communicating the benefits and expectations of individual board members
  • Recognizing and celebrating successes throughout the year both formally and informally
  • Creating a two way communication stream between the organization staff and volunteers and the board
  • Ensuring board has the capacity to lead and has the required time and skill sets to achieve the goals
  • Utilizing skills and talents of individual members by keeping track of the extensive skills and talents in a skills bank. This information becomes evident as you go through the board recruitment process.
  • Planning for succession on an annual basis
  • Staggering terms of office for board members for seamless transitions
  • Recruiting for:
    • Diversity
    • passion
    • experience
    • willingness to learn
    • professional affiliations
    • disciplines
    • balanced board
    • expertise
  • Providing a structured orientation process and designate a lead volunteer to facilitate

Giving Tuesday is Today

Today is giving tuesday where all of Canada is encouraged to give back, do something special, help in a way that matters to you…..this should not just be one day a year.

If you work in a company, big or small there is always a way to give back

If you work at a nonprofit big or small there is always a way to give more

If you a volunteer who is already engaged, there are others you can encourage to give too

If you are a volunteer who is not engaged recently, it is time to think about re-engaging

If you are a student who has never volunteered, today is the day to start thinking about it

If you are a parent who has not encouraged your child or yourself to volunteer, today is a good day to start looking

If you are a board or committee that needs to do better, today is a good day to make a plan

If you are a senior leader in a company or nonprofit, today is the day to think about how volunteering or donating can be better done, or start a new program

Just a few thoughts as we also head into International Volunteer Day on December 5

One last thought….the number one reason why people do  not give or volunteer is that they have not been asked….today is the day to ask

Just my thoughts