Implementing a Board
Development Action Plan
I'm offering a new approach to board development that I'd like to
share with you. Drawing on McKinsey & Company's Dynamic Board model,
BoardSource's 12 Governing Principles That Power Exceptional Boards, and
Chait, Ryan, and Taylor's Three Modes of Governance, I've devised a new
approach to board development. This training and technical assistance
package provides your nonprofit's leadership an opportunity to:
||Determine critical issues and challenges affecting your board's
||Explore promising governance models and practices
||Educate board directors on effective governance
||Select a board governance model that will best meet the future
needs of your nonprofit; and
||Devise a board development action plan to begin implementation
of the new governance model
The board development process proceeds through the following steps:
- Conduct an initial leadership orientation to the board
development process in person or via webinar.
- Complete a board assessment utilizing McKinsey & Company's board
assessment tool which is based on the Dynamic Board model. The
comprehensive assessment is designed around four levels of capacity.
This approach lays the groundwork for concrete action planning aimed
at enhancing your board's effectiveness.
- Use the results of the assessment to identify priority focus
areas for board development.
- Explore a range of proven practices for increasing governing
- Devise a board development action plan based on the assessment
results and proven governance systems, structures and processes.
This plan includes an implementation timetable.
- Begin implementation of the board development action plan.
This approach has been field tested and refined leading to excellent
results for a number of nonprofit boards. References are available upon
request. I can provide more information about this training and
technical assistance package by phone and in person. You can reach me at