Hit the Ground Running – What Does it Mean? To begin a venture with great energy, involvement, and competence. To immediately work very hard and successfully at a new activity. “If elected, they promise to hit the ground running in their first few weeks of office.”
First 100 Days
Begins about 60 days prior to the President taking office
Understand their leadership style; begin with an inventory of leadership traits…
Organizational documents to be reviewed/shared with President:
wrong, they are very distinct roles with both being essential.
theirs for the spending.
important than the organization.
Why is Good Leadership So Important?
2:32 Superintendant loses his composure.
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What would YOU recommend for this board?
There are tools provided during this session in the handout to effectively identify any symptoms and to effectively “cure” them in the long term.
Conduct a Strategic Planning Process
Review Mission, Vision, Values
Identify Key Goals
Identify Key Strategies
Develop Tactics (who, what, where, when and how)
Create a yearly operational Work Plan and conduct a new planning session every 3-5 years.
Develop Strategic Agendas and Approach
No margin, no mission. No margin, no mission. No margin, no mission.
Develop agendas that are strategic (each item has a strategic goal linked to it)
Create a strategic dashboard as a Board tool
Use Committees Effectively; no Committee work at the Board table
Committees, task forces, etc. were created so that Boards can function strategically. Committees do the legwork but do not replace the Board.
Utilize Board Social Events
Develop camaraderie and mutual respect
Learn more about your Board colleagues
Build rapport and respect
Volunteer Leader Recognition
Acknowledge the work of your peers on the Board
Praise the work of your committee and other non-Board volunteer leaders
Use Roberts Rules of Order
Board training in the use of Roberts Rules of Order is important in a well-run meeting
Disarm the Board Critic
The best way to satisfy (or silence) a Board critic is to charge that person with finding solutions, rather than permitting them to constantly complain.
The second-best way is to disarm the critic with facts.
Communication, Communication and More Communication
The more we use our ears to listen and truly learn about our Board colleagues, the more apt we are to minimize communication issues or misinterpretation of what is being said.
Email, texting, etc. is an excellent tool but the personal contact made during a phone call is invaluable.
Rule: If there are three or more emails on a discussion, a phone call needs to take place.