Friday, November 6, 2015

Governance toolbox: Inventories, culture, decision-making and more

My posts about Pamela Meyer's new book, The Agility Shift, have concluded; but I have one more gift from her to start this week's toolbox.

The Agility Shift Inventory -- Shortly after I wrapped up Monday's post, an alert for an even more direct helper popped up in my Facebook feed and email inbox: a link to a free inventory designed to assess our individual capacity for the kind of agility called for in Pamela's book. Her framing of the value of encouraging our teams to take the inventory and share findings brought a special smile to my face (emphasis mine): "The Agility Shift Inventory (ASI) offers individual leaders, teams and entire organizations an opportunity to become more aware of the state of agility in their current context. This awareness is the first step in beginning a generative conversation and receiving guidance about where your energy and resources will be most effectively spent to improve business performance." Any process that facilitates generative discussions in nonprofit boards is a good thing.

16 (yes, 16!) easy ways to lead your organization’s culture shift -- This post by fundraising consultant and blogger Pamela Grow offers 16(!) actionable ideas for increasing board members' engagement. Her focus is fundraising, but most of the items apply more generally (or can be adapted) to governance work. Pick one that appeals to your board and see what happens. 

Interview with Debra Beck, EdD on shared leadership and strategic decision making in nonprofit boards -- Leadership expert Max Freund extends our conversation by sharing additional detail about his impending governance research in this post. If you found what he described in our conversation interesting, you'll appreciate this extended background.

The 9 characteristics of a good decision -- We call on nonprofit boards to make a lot of decisions in a year. How often do we stop and analyze those decisions, as decisions, and connect them to our larger purposes? Even something as simple as doing a quick check against this list can spark reflection and opportunities to rethink our processes and their outcomes.

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