The risk with some board effectiveness evaluations is that they can be mere box-ticking exercises. Everyone is time-poor, and reflecting on your structures, roles, processes, and performance may feel like navel-gazing to some. If your annual board evaluation simply puts some ratings against a checklist of questions, it won’t lead to identifying opportunities for improvement.… Continue reading Board evaluation done? Now what?
This post concludes the series on board effectiveness evaluation with a somewhat disparate collection of observations and reflections. Some of the ideas and charts included here might have been quite relevant in earlier parts of the series, but if they were not available at that time, their inclusion here acts as an amplification and reinforcement… Continue reading How effective is your board? – Part 6
Board Effectiveness Diagnostics Notwithstanding the shortcomings of simple surveys (e.g. one size does not fit all, tick-the-box mentality, etc.), boards can use checklists as mechanisms to ‘take the pulse’ or to perform basic compliance checks. The most fundamental diagnostics your board could use relate to legal and governance compliance – both as regards board effectiveness,… Continue reading How effective is your board? – Part 5
Reflective Governance Directors of most non-profit boards are volunteers who are time-poor. In my experience, some are reluctant to have their work evaluated, partly because they feel insulted that their honorary work is being opened to critical review (as they see it) as if they were remunerated. And yet, when given the opportunity to identify… Continue reading How effective is your board? – Part 4
Part 1 of this series on the evaluation of board effectiveness described various characteristics of some different approaches. Part 2 described some of the subjects and foci of board effectiveness evaluation. Part 3 now turns to the selection of methods and measures according to the purpose and intended use of your evaluation. Evaluation Purposes and… Continue reading How effective is your board? – Part 3
Part 1 of this series on board effectiveness noted that the evaluation of board effectiveness is just one aspect of your overall Measurement, Evaluation, and Learning Model (and that this in turn is just part of your MELD Governance Model). It also suggested that there are various dimensions of board effectiveness, each of which includes… Continue reading How effective is your board? – Part 2
Evaluating board effectiveness How do you know if your board is effective?Does your board share a common view as to the purpose/s of effectiveness evaluation?Is there agreement as to what effectiveness means for your organisation?Has your board agreed on an evaluation framework that supports meaningful evaluation of its own effectiveness?How effective is your evaluation of… Continue reading How effective is your Board? – Part 1