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Is Your Board a Winning Team?

Posted By Sheila Bravo, Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Super bowl this past weekend showcased the two best football teams in the country. How did they get there? They were very disciplined on who they selected to be on the team, and who got to play. They practiced and practiced and practiced. They came up with specific strategies on how they would play the game. They played, reviewed what worked and didn’t work, and then made corrections. Reviewing stats, watching plays, testing out moves, and changing strategies are all part of being able to adapt to the competitive sport environment.

Success, whether it is played out on the ball field, or in our communities, requires the same type of discipline: having the right people who know what to do, can do it well, are watchful, and respond to shifts in order to attain their goals.

Is your board as watchful, agile, and intentional in shifting strategies and tactics to navigate the VUCA environment in which we serve? We know that demand for our services remain high, and for some nonprofits, they are still increasing. Yet, the resources to meet that demand continue to shift, and in some areas shrink. For a nonprofit organization to survive and be sustainable in the Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous landscape, the leadership (the Board and CEO) need to be on top of their “game.” Here are some questions to ask:

  • What criteria are you using to recruit members to your Board team?
  • Who are your MVPs? How are your grooming the future MVPs?
  • Are Board members clear on what their role is, and how they contribute to whatever ‘play’ (aka: goals & strategies) you intend to make?
  • Do you have your rule book (values) for how you play?
  • Are you routinely evaluating how you performed, and outlining what changes are needed to be successful in the future?
  • Do you understand the strengths of the other ‘players’ in the market environment who are competing for similar resources?
  • In what way are you communicating your own organizational strengths to secure those resources?
  • How do you celebrate your wins?
Did You Know: DANA offers a Board Self Assessment that is an easy way to find out areas for their Board team to improve and achieve great performance. Reach out to Paul Stock for more on this!

Thankfully, most don’t need to have major physical strength and agility to be a player for the board team. But each Board member can make a tremendous impact on achieving Board Excellence as long as they know their role in helping the nonprofit organization be a winner in making the change it desires here in Delaware. 


Tags:  Board of Directors  nonprofits  strategy  VUCA 

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