Gainful Governance. A Primer for Board Members. Objectives. At the end of the workshop you will know: The role, tasks & functions of a board Your role & responsibilities as a director How to expedite meetings & business How to facilitate rlnshps & links
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A Primer for Board Members
At the end of the workshop you will know:
According to Gavin Perryman of Gavin Perryman & Associates, most people join boards for 1 of 2 reasons:
…a board is often a group of individuals who come together to pursue a collective dream. At this stage, there are no (or
maybe just one) staff.
Board members do
almost all the work.
…the demarcation line between board, volunteers and staff begins to emerge. Board members continue to be day- to-day volunteers, and often take on management functions if there is too much for staff to do.
In BC, societies are constituted under the Society Act
Boards have two types of functions:
Stewardship is: the active oversight of organization governance by the board. (Building on Strength: Improving Governance and Accountability in Canada’s Voluntary Sector, Ed Broadbent, Chair: 1998)
Lead(ership) is: to act as a guide; show the way; to go first; be in advance; to take the directing or principal part. (Dictionary.com)
Governance is: the function of policy making, as distinct from the administration/operation of policy decisions. (Webster’s Dictionary)
Management is: the process of getting activities completed efficiently and effectively with and through other people. (Dictionary.com)
-Building on Strength: Improving Governance and
Accountability in Canada’s Voluntary Sector, Ed Broadbent, Chair: 1998
Accountability – those who exercise power and discretionary authority are answerable for all activities assigned or entrusted to them
Responsibility –the obligation to act or make a decision when authorized to do so
Boards exist for legal reasons and act (make decisions) to keep the organization legal. Legal responsibilities of board members are to:
- Western Management Consultants, 2008
Guide to Corporate Governance. Saskatchewan Ministry of Health. http://www.health.gov.sk.ca/board-governance-toolkit
The key is
commitment to a common goal.
When everyone commits to the destination,
the focus can be on
Everyone in the group is never at the same place at the same time; we all see the world through different lenses.
Attitude, Beliefs & Values
Degree of DifficultyThe Behavioural Challenge…(Board/Group Effectiveness)
MIXED MODEL BOARD
RUBBER STAMP BOARD
GOVERNING BOARDTypes of Boards
When you delegate:
Once you delegate, keep your hands off! And remember, delegation does not relieve you of accountability or of responsibility.
- Fram and Brown. Policy vs. Paper Clips
Boards need to agree and be clear on :
“Successful organisations create strong brands that stand for something important to consumers—brands that speak to consumers in a way that is uniquely and explicitly relevant to their stage of life, self-image, culture, or specific motivation. Building an organisation around a brand requires a clear definition of the brand and consistent delivery of the ‘brand promise.’ Responsibility for the brand cannot be delegated to marketing alone. Ensuring an integrated brand experience–one that encompasses the entire customer experience–requires aligning the entire organization around the brand. Only then can an organisation truly leverage the power of the brand to drive sustained growth.”
Members “own” any voluntary organization. They have the right & responsibility to elect directors, appoint the auditor, request general meetings, vote at the AGM, & approve changes to the constitution & bylaws.
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