Thursday, August 6, 2009

Rubber Stamp

“I don’t want to be a rubber stamp,” said a board member in a workshop I was teaching. One way to keep directors engaged and coming to the meetings, is to put discussions, not just decision making, on the agenda. When it is a topic with substance and of importance to your organization, members can see that their input is valuable.

A “scan” of the community is also worthwhile three or four times a year. What has changed in your service area that might affect your work or clients? Has an employer reduced its work force, perhaps affecting your fund raising? Have your sources for demographics and data issued anything new? Is a sister agency in another community piloting something of interest? By putting time on the agenda for members to talk about what they’ve scanned lately, you make good use of their eyes and ears in the community.

Posted by Myrna Meadows, NRS, International Falls

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