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Jul 22, 2010

How to Achieve an Engaged and Effective Board:

Are You Asking the Right Questions?

Nonprofits thrive when their boards are engaged and actively committed. Do you know the right questions to ask yourself to ensure your board meetings are effective and engaging its members?

 Questions to ask yourself

  • Are there board members who say nothing during a meeting? What am I doing to engage those members?
  • Do I ensure that each member’s opinions or suggestions are known?
  • Does each member have a sufficient understanding of the issue at hand and its importance to the organization?
  • Do I actively seek out board members with doubts, concerns or worries about a strategy, policy or course of action?
  • What type of interaction occurs among board members? Is it collegial, collaborative or antagonistic?

I urge you to consciously examine the culture of your board to see if it encourages questions, values diverse perspectives, and readily tackles challenging issues. I provide more questions for you to evaluate your board in my new book, More Than Just Money: Practical and Provocative Steps to Nonprofit Success. Sign up here to be notified upon its availability.

A board that governs well is an asset. You should regularly ask these questions to assure you are engaging all board members to fulfill their duties effectively. I serve on both business and nonprofit boards and I see this difference at every meeting. There are many good, even great, nonprofit boards, but they constantly must work at it and vigilantly counter any tendency to ignore, excuse, or foster poor decision-making.

The buzz about More Than Just Money: Practical and Provocative Steps to Nonprofit Success

“Allen Proctor is a master mechanic at diagnosing and calibrating nonprofit governance. His talent is a rare combination of highly-intellectual inquiry, accurate assessment and concise expression of findings. More Than Just Money is a valuable gift to all who care about improving the performance of our indispensable nonprofit organizations.”

                                                                                             Mike Curtin

                                               Publisher Emeritus, The Columbus Dispatch