Category Archives: board development

What Are Board Fiduciary Duties ?

Board Fiduciary Duties Fiduciary duty equates with loyalty and encompasses the four main legal principles: The duty to act in the best interests of the organization The duty to disclose other interests and avoid conflicts The duty to maintain the … Continue reading

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What is The CEO’s Role in Recruiting Volunteers?

It is widely known that a key responsibility of the board of directors is to identify future leaders. The effort ensures sustainability. Cultivating volunteers takes time and is a never-ending task. The question here is, “Should the organization’s executive director … Continue reading

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Roberts Rules Made Simple

Roberts Rules of Order are one of the most accepted forms of meeting management procedures. While it hard to believe, they were developed in the 1800’s ( not a typo!) Yes, they have been revised and updated however in my … Continue reading

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The ROI on board service

“Leaders are made, they are not born,” said NFL Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardi. So where does one find a good source for leadership development? Association boardrooms are ideal schools for leadership. Most volunteers join a board out of … Continue reading

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How to manage ‘I just have a question’

It sounds so virtuous when a board member says, “I just have a question.” You would expect the query can be answered briefly with a quick return to the agenda. In reality, the question opens a can of worms. A … Continue reading

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This meeting was a disaster

Thanks to MultiView Association Management for supplying this article. by Robert C. Harris Scheduled to start at 5 and end at 8, the meeting began with 20 people making self-introductions. They took 35 minutes. I recognized a glitch as a majority … Continue reading

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What Purpose Does This Committee Serve ?

Robert C. Harris Wednesday, December 07, 2016 What purpose does this committee serve? At the first meeting of the committee, one of the members asked the chair, “So what should we do this year?” The chair responded, “We don’t make … Continue reading

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Potential Tactics For Attracting Older Millennials to Your Association

I was reading an article in the MultiView Association Adviser and thought it was very good and worth repeating …… While there are varying opinions on the age group of a young millennials vs older millennials however this makes the … Continue reading

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Creating Better Solutions Through Conflicting Ideas

Boards are episodic decision-making groups, as opposed to groups that need to construct effective decisions together daily, so their tasks are usually cognitive—setting processes, considering facts, and predicting outcomes. It’s important to remember during the decision-making process that cognitive conflict, … Continue reading

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Four Tips For Strategy Setting That Matters

Boards need to operate at a high level, but airy, general strategies don’t help direct an association. One expert shares some advice for keeping the balance. Keep ’em out of the weeds. That may be the most repeated mantra to … Continue reading

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