Ten Ways to turn your Board from Bobblehead to Brilliant

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Tips to improve your nonprofit Board of Directors! To take them from "bobblehead" to brilliant!

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Ten Ways to turn your Board from Bobblehead to Brilliant

  1. 1. Fio Partners www.fiopartners.com
  2. 2. Source: bobbles.ca
  3. 3. Board of Directors Executive Leadership Task #1 Align leadership on vision, mission, values, elements of strategic management Quality Assurance Organizational Learning Task #4 Enact ways to improve the organization Leadership Core Safeguards and Support Organization Improvements Task #2 Design or re-design the core Relational Strategy Programmatic Strategy Systems Participation Fund Development Marketing/ Public Relations Program Goals Strategies Tactics Outcomes Task #3 Create or adjust supports and safeguards Financial Management Organizational Climate Physical Plant Human Resources Risk Management Information Management All four tasks take place with continuous input and interaction with the organization’s environment. Source: FIO Partners, LLC
  4. 4.  Does not manage the organization  Creates a framework in which the Executive Director manages the agency  Holds the Director accountable  Actively and substantively contributes to the health of the organization An effective Board…
  5. 5. Understand your own stage of development and the stage of your Board Idea Start-up Growth Established
  6. 6. Review Board by-laws and maintain currency and relevancy; develop Board operations manual to capture Board process
  7. 7. Create a strategic plan based on objective information
  8. 8. Recruit strategically, using innovative methods
  9. 9. Develop annual board training plan, with key field and skill building topics
  10. 10. Understand what skills and passions Board members have and what they want their own legacy to be
  11. 11. Understand where operations discussions take place and manage conflict
  12. 12. Link Board goals to strategic plan and monitor closely
  13. 13. Conduct an annual Board self-assessment and ensure results are shared; take action based on results
  14. 14. Build social connections and create positive momentum
  15. 15. What is your vision? What step will you take next?
  16. 16. WWW.FIOPARTNERS.COM Anne Yurasek @annefio anne@fiopartners.com

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