Advanced Topics — Board Models and Board Development
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As mentioned above, Board members often adopt a model or way
of working together. Many times, the model is not intentionally
or explicitly selected by Board members. They just ended up working
together in the same way. There are several types of Board models
and others are emerging; however, the research is not conclusive
about which models are best to use and when. Perhaps the most
valuable result for Board members from reading about models is
first learning the many ways that members can work together and
then by reflecting on their own Board operations.
Some New Nonprofit Board Models
Governance Model (Policy Governance) (more on this topic below)
Governing for What Matters: A Model for Community-Driven
a Working Board an “Immature” Board?
Unique Nonprofit Board Models (Part 1 of 2)
Some Unique Nonprofit Board Models (Part 2 of 2)
Board Development (Types Issues, Approaches to Improve, Policy
It might help the reader to understand the concept of Board
development by comparing it to Board orientation and Board training.
Here’s one interpretation. Board orientation is orienting Board
members about the unique aspects of the organization, for example,
its history, products and services, other Board members, etc.
Board training is training members about the standard roles and
responsibilities of members of any governing Board. In contrast,
Board development is raising the quality of Board operations up
another level, including, for example, by using a Board pre-assessment,
Board orientation, Board training, coaching of Board members,
and closing with a Board post-assessment to measure any improvement
from the Board development. The following links provide a range
of advice about improving the quality of Board operations. HOWEVER,
reading guidelines about fixing Boards, without knowing the basic
parts and best practices of Boards, is like reading about fixing
a car, but without knowing the basic parts of a car. Therefore,
the reader is strongly encouraged to at least scan through the
list of topics in the table at the top this page before reading
many of the links about struggling Boards and how to “fix”
Types of Struggling Boards and Board Issues
Some Types of Broken Nonprofit Boards
Types of “Broken” Boards
Syndrome: Who? Me?
Syndrome: How Organizations Suffer — and Can Recover (a manual)
Boards Undermine Progress
Your Organization Outgrown Its Board?
Dysfunctional Board or Council?
Boards Micromanage and How to Get Them to Stop
What Directors Think: Best (and Worst) Boardroom
Costs of Intense Board Monitoring
How to bring about nationwide change? – a dilemma
How to start looking forward? – a dilemma
When facilitation fails – a dilemma
Hopelessly conflicted? – a dilemma
How to manage excessive demands on time (from a powerful person)? – a dilemma
What a Healthy Board Looks Like
Approaches to Improving Boards
Why Board Training and Team Building Alone Seldom
Fix Broken Boards
Orientation vs. Training vs. Development
Some First Steps to Start “Fixing” a Broken Board
General Principles for Restoring Nonprofit Boards
The Cost of
Evolving Role: From Management to Governance
Boards: On Saying No to Problem Board Members
We Go Again: The Cyclical Nature of Board Behavior
Enhancing The Board’s Monitoring Role
Good Governance and Crisis
Moving to Good Governance: Digging Into Organizational
on Nonprofit Boards: Why is it so hard to accomplish?
to Improve a Board By Understanding the System of a Board
A Vote for Consensus
Ideas Made Safe
About Policy Governance
Policy-based Governance: If It’s So Great, Why
Isn’t Everyone Using It?
The Top Reasons to Use Policy Governance (copyright
of John Carver)
for Determining the Extent Policy Governance® is Being Used
by a Board
Board Member Attributes Under Policy Governance®
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