Board Engagement Strategies
Right now, whatever you are going through, you are not alone. Boards and CEO’s around the world are trying to figure out what is best for their organization and are making extremely difficult decisions. While it is easy to react to the crisis and get side tracked from the important work of the board, board should also be thinking long term. To keep the board engaged during this time, consider these resources on generative thinking and creating a culture of inquiry.
While the board chair needs to be a good facilitator, it is imperative that board members know that they need to be just as engaged in discussion and prepared for decision making as they are when meeting in person. Read this blog post on the need for board governance during COVID-19, and use the suggestions as a guide for bringing good governance back into your board meetings. Consider checking out our COVID-19 resource page, and this blog post on engaging your board as your navigate COVID-19 where we have addressed problems like the ones below:
- Annual meetings cannot be held to vote in officers or ratify resolutions (especially if general membership is to vote on this action)
- Bylaws do not provide for virtual meetings, electronic voting or extension of terms for critical board leaders, such as officers serving additional terms
- Quorums are not able to be met
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