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On Board: The Board Challenge


ON BOARDS is a For Impact Guide to greater Board productivity and impact. I’ve done four or five Board Trainings/Facilitations/Coaching in the last few months… with some amazing, dedicated and committed Board Members/Champions.

Here is one of the things that you can find in ON BOARD.

THE BOARD CHALLENGE:

If you are ‘uncomfortable’ sharing this (On Board) with your current Board Members… that would seem to signify a BIG problem.

If you are sharing this with your Board, we would like to encourage those individual Champions and Board Members to do these 3 things:

    1. Bring Your Leadership Skills! Bring your entrepreneurial, sales, business and community skills and talents to the proverbial table! If something doesn’t make sense, don’t ‘cop out’ by saying, “This is a ‘Not-for-Profit’. It must be okay.”
    “Leaders Lead.” My friend Bob Werner’s words. My emphasis. (Bob is a big-time Mensch and Jewish philanthropic superstar.) SUCCESS for any For Impact Organization is a direct result of LEADERS LEADING!
    Passion and commitment from LEADERSHIP will overcome all obstacles.
    2. Ask A Lot Of Questions! As long as you are a CHAMPION and truly believe in the CAUSE and the CASE, your questions are important and valuable….. and should be dealt with/answered.
    3. Challenge the Staff’s Thinking! The staff is committed, competent and also Champions for the cause. However, they are usually singularly focused on the Mission/Solution and delivering the Impact. They rarely have a business background. Few have any true entrepreneurial experience. And none have ever been trained in sales. Staff should be looking to you (Board Members) for some out-of-the-box thinking and some great ideas around funding, revenue streams, sales and more. Give it to them.