People serve on Boards out of a commitment to contribution
do you build on that commitment to create an effective and powerful
Board? Board members come from diverse backgrounds and represent
a variety of interests, skills and experiences. Molding a group
of people into an effective Board takes both the commitment of the
individual Board members and a process for forming the Board as
an effective team guiding the organization.
Board Effectiveness program is based on four simple principles:
Identify what is important for both the Board and the organization
what is important do-able and manageable
Make choices that reflect what is important
Adopt practices that enhance effectiveness
principles underlie the key elements of our Board Effectiveness
Defining the role of your board in guiding the agency
Defining the accountabilities of the board and of individual board
Designing your board committee accountabilities, structures and
Creating an on-going board development program
Inventing a shared vision and mission for your board
Designing long-term and short-term objectives
Creating strategies and plans to guide the work
Identifying and designing key projects
Fashioning clear priorities to guide the work
Designing ways of working together that foster one team and one
work combines our personal experience in serving on Boards with
our skill as management consultants to organizations of all types
and sizes, including nonprofits.
approach includes workshops, meeting facilitation and retreats.
All our work with your board is designed to address the needs, issues
and concerns of your board and agency.
to Services and Programs
Board and I have never experienced such an energetic, compassionate,
and well-orchestrated Board retreat. With your guidance, we accomplished
a considerable amount in one day."
President, Board of Directors 2000 Petaluma People Services Center
and Gary allowed us to create among ourselves a powerful presence
while they artfully and skillfully guided us toward developing effective
consensus-based decisions. They supported us in creating a very
safe space that enabled us to dialogue-discourse and disagree, yet
build a very high-performing team. As a result, our planning process
over the last two years has allowed us to develop our mission and
vision for the future that I do not believe would have been possible
without the eye-opening assistance of effective environments."
— President, Board of Directors