KEY QUOTE FROM THIS ARTICLE
“The hard work in learning soft skills comes from having to apply them in complex and unpredictable performance situations. By sensitizing yourself to the actual challenges you’ll face in real situations, you’ll become more flexible and adaptable, and have a far greater chance of succeeding in the situations that matter most.”
— Andy Molinsky
WHY THIS ITEM MATTERS TO ASSOCIATION / NON-PROFIT BOARDS
Sports-related comparisons aren’t always apt, but in this case, Andy Molinsky’s piece in the Harvard Business Review should resonate well with association and non-profit boards. Governing is an increasingly complex challenge, and directors who serve on a voluntary basis may not be fully prepared for some of the more difficult situations they will encounter. As part of a comprehensive approach to board development, creating opportunities for boards to learn through practice situated in context should be a top priority.
- What are some of the difficult scenarios your board would benefit from experiencing through practice?
- How can you make your board’s practice opportunities as realistic as possible?
A special thank you to the Canadian Society Of Association Executives Board.