Saturday, June 6, 2015

Governance toolbox: Making a difference

I found a loose "making a difference" theme in this week's selected toolbox resources. Some require more of a stretch than others to connect to boards and their work, but the connection exists. Take a look.

Let board members tell your story in THEIR words: The un-elevator speech -- How do we help our board members become more comfortable sharing our story with others? How do we deepen their connection to their own - and each other's - motivations for service? Amy Eisenstein's excellent video offers a fresh take on an "old" idea. Share with your board. Then do as she says.

Board members: Making a difference without making an ask -- This infographic reminds us - at a glance - that board members have different ways to contribute to the fundraising process. Yes, someone eventually needs to make the ask. Yes, sometimes, that somebody sits on our board. But it shouldn't be an all-or-nothing option for every member. Fundraising is a process, beginning with telling our stories and making connections between prospect and organizational interests. If fundraising is part of your board's collective responsibility, help individual members identify those roles where they are most comfortable, and where they are willing to make a realistic stretch.

Introverts on boards: Why quiet is magic in the boardroom -- As an avowed introvert, this one inevitably caught my eye. I've written about this topic here before, but Tamara Paton's latest post offers a nice twist: recognizing the value of acknowledging the potential fit between common introvert strengths and the needs and functions of board committees.

15 surprising ways to expand leadership -- There was a pleasant, learning-related surprise on the other end of the link to Dan Rockwell's latest post. The bonus: audio clips, addressing learning topics, featuring leadership icon Ken Blanchard. Take the time to not only read and reflect on what Dan has to offer but to listen to Blanchard's insights on the value of lifelong learning. The brief, bullet-pointed format of the post itself is deceptive. There is much reflect on - and learn from - that offers value for you and your board.

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