Consider including a brief board development discussion at every board meeting. Dedicating 10 to 15 minutes at every meeting to discuss a board development issue is a quick and easy way to incorporate board development into your meetings. Consider using the one of the following questions at your next board meeting to stimulate a discussion at your boardroom table.
- Should we consider changing our board terms and/or term limits?
- Do we have too many or too few board members?
- What should be fundraising expectation for board members?
- What could we do create more engaging and interesting board meeting?
- What topics or issues should be on the agenda of our next board retreat?
Another suggestion is to have your board member take turns in developing a question to be discussed at each meeting. Regularly talking about board development will engage your board and help your organization create clear expectation for board members.
Jane Page-Steiner, President of JPS Nonprofit Strategies can assist your organization with board development, trainings and/or board action plans. Jane is a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer. All trainings and working sessions are customized to best meet your organization’s needs. Contact Jane at email@example.com or call 859.261.4145.