Friday, February 27, 2015

Governance toolbox: February potpourri

As I reviewed my latest bookmarks tagged for the toolbox, I couldn't help closing out the month with a potpourri of governance goodness. I trust that there will be something for everyone in what follows.

Reviewing the IRS Form 990: Five Tips and Best Practices -- Our friends at BDO offer a concise and valuable resource for board members and agency management. Attention to your organization's 990 submission is a critical bottom line component of fulfilling your fiduciary duties. It also opens the door to having at least annual conversations about larger accountability and policy responsibilities (Obviously, we should be tending to them year-round, but this is a minimum annual prompt.).

The Performance Imperative: A Framework for Social Sector Excellence - See more at: http://www.bethkanter.org/pi/#sthash.J1JuH7Np.dpuf
The Performance Imperative: A Framework for Social Sector Excellence - See more at: http://www.bethkanter.org/pi/#sthash.J1JuH7Np.dpuf
The Performance Imperative: A Framework for Social Sector Excellence - See more at: http://www.bethkanter.org/pi/#sthash.J1JuH7Np.dpuf
The performance imperative: A framework for social sector excellence -- This little treasure from Beth Kanter appeared in my Facebook feed yesterday. The framework itself is a multilayered gift: it's a compelling reminder - and call to action - to remember what draws us to this work in the first place: impact.  I'm still exploring the resources linked within and from Beth's post, but I'll highlight the excellent video created to describe the initiative. If that doesn't capture your board's attention, you have a problem. I may return to this one later. Thanks, Beth, for sharing this important work with your readers and the sector as a whole. 

Why is succession planning taboo? -- The National Council of Nonprofits addresses a challenging topic that many boards ignore until they're caught in the crisis that can come with a CEO resignation or retirement. Author Jennifer Chandler not only offers us a focal point for beginning the conversation but also shares links and resources to support that effort.

Keep board members 100 percent accountable with an expectation form -- Different people respond to different motivators for board performance. A tool that regularly reminds them of what is expected, like the one Amy describes (click here to download her sample),  offers tremendous potential value for communicating accountability and reinforcing valued board member performance.

Five ways to embrace healthy tension -- Yes, tension can be healthy. Robbin Phillips' post remind the humans serving on our boards (and the leaders who guide them) to keep things in perspective and to remember the purpose they share. Simple, but sometimes sorely needed in our boardrooms.

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