Last Thursday’s teleseminar and the release of our Guide: ON BOARD(S) triggered a lot of feedback!
Some of it funny. (“Our Board is not just afraid but TERRIFIED of heights. Couldn’t find their way to the top floor of our building even if they were in the elevator.”)
Some of it sad. (“The funding strategy of buying lottery tickets really hurt. It sounds exactly like something my Board would consider as a ‘great idea’ to raise money.”)
One of the best responses was from two superstars in Colorado, Christi-Marie and Rob. They actually challenged the very existence of Boards! (Rob even said I was too ‘soft’ in my presentation. That hurt.)
Here’s what we came up with:
WHAT IF… there weren’t any ‘BOARDS’?
WHAT IF… it was a TABULA RASA? How would we DESIGN the PERFECT, IDEAL BOARD???
Here’s my short answer:
- 1. ‘EXECUTIVE BOARD’ GROUP. I would have a five-member Board (since it needs to be an odd number) responsible only for fiduciary matters and for meeting governmental regulations, etc. They would be smart. Have sector expertise in law, accounting and business. Not ‘yes men‘, but collaborative men and women who understood their role and responsibility for the organization.