Presentation on theme: "Good Governance: The Context for Innovative Board Leadership"— Presentation transcript:
1 Good Governance: The Context for Innovative Board Leadership Elizabeth ScottBrighter Strategies
2 GovernanceThe process of providing strategic leadership to a nonprofit organization.It entails the functions of setting direction, making policy and strategy decisions, overseeing and monitoring organizational performance, and ensuring overall accountability.The regulatory bar on board performance is going up.Oversight is necessary but not sufficient to define the work of an effective board.2
3 Ten Board Responsibilities Determine organization’s mission and purposeSelect the chief executiveSupport the chief executive and assess performanceEnsure effective organizational planningMonitor and strengthen the organization’s programs and servicesEnsure adequate financial resourcesProtect assets and provide proper financial oversightRecruit and orient new board members and assess board performanceEnsure legal and ethical integrity and maintain accountabilityEnhance the organization’s public standing3
4 Governance as Leadership The board "decides what to decide"; discerns challenges and opportunities; and probes assumptions, logic and the values behind strategies.Type IOperationalType IIStrategicType IIIGenerative/Visionary
5 Governance Models Type I - Operational Type II - Strategic Staff and Board define problems and opportunities; develops, approves and monitors formal plans.Board structure parallels administrative functions. Premium on permanencyBoard meetings are process driven. Function follows form. Protocol rarely varies.Staff transmits to Board large quantities of technical data from few sources.Board and management think together to discover strategic priorities and drivers.Board structure mirrors strategic priorities. Premium on flexibility.Board meetings are content driven. Form follows function. Protocol varies often.Board and staff discuss strategic data from multiple sources.
6 Type III – Generative/Visionary Exceptional boards institutionalize a culture of inquiry, mutual respect, and constructive debate that leads to sound and shared decision making.They seek more information, question assumptions, and challenge conclusions so that they may advocate for solutions based on analysis.They provide a less recognized but critical source of leadership for the organization.What should be atop the board’s agenda next year?What are the most attractive, least attractive, most worrisome aspects of the proposed strategic plan?What external factors will most affect the organization in the next year?What are we overlooking at the organization’s peril?What is the most valuable step we could take to be a better board?
7 5 Tools for Innovative Board Leadership Board Assessment for Growth & DevelopmentTargeted RecruitmentStrong Committee StructureAccountability through Commitment AgreementsFocus on Generative Governance (Big Questions)7
8 Tool #1 Board Assessments Know who is really on your boardWhat are their motivations for being on your board?Ask your board:When you joined the board, did you have ideas on how you would help the organization that haven’t happened? What would you like to get to help you be a better board member?How confident are you that most or all board members:Understand the mission and purpose of the organization?Act as ambassadors?Follow through on commitments?Understand the respective roles of the board and staff?
9 Tool #2 Targeted Recruitment Know who you really need on your boardUse a board skills matrix and identify gaps in board needsRecruit individuals who have deep experienceOn BoardingThere should not be any surprises
10 Tool #3 Build Board Committees Achieve strategic & operational goalsImportant for carrying out Generative GovernanceDirect influence on board member engagementEngage non-Board members in committees (pipeline)Well-defined committeesClear strategic & operational focusWritten committee descriptionsUse Task Forces when necessaryAn effective committee chair with accountability to the boardMembers thoughtfully appointedWell-run meetings10
11 Tool #4 Accountability through Board Member Commitment Agreements Meet Board member motivations for board serviceClarify individual responsibilities & expectationsIdentify opportunities to provide ED supportUse Commitment Agreements11
12 Tool #5 Identify Big Questions Establish board prioritiesLink to strategic planningKeeps board members engagedImplications for board meetings & discussion12
13 Take it with you! Identify what YOU control and can affect Just do it!Frame the conversation with board leadershipPlanning your next strategic plan, board retreat, annual meetingEstablishing your annual performance goalsConduct a board assessmentDraft a Board Commitment Agreement13
14 About UsBrighter Strategies is an organizational development firm specializing in strategic planning, process improvement and leadership development for nonprofits and the public sector.Brighter Strategies6533 Arlington Blvd, #2414Falls Church, Virginia 22042