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Governing for the Future Training Series

THE TRAINING NEED

Board effectiveness and the performance of individual board members continues to be a top concern among nonprofits. According to a recent survey of regional and national studies concerning the challenges facing nonprofits, building an active and strategically oriented board of directors was cited as the most frequent concern. The Governing for the Future Training Series is designed to address this need. The program content can be offered as webinars, in person, or in a blended format. Topics can also be offered as half day and full day workshops as well as conference keynotes. We can also help you design a training series to address your organization's unique needs.

The Governing for the Future Training Series includes the following sessions:

  • Governing for the Future: Laying the Foundation/Getting Started

  • The Board Role in Strategic Thinking and Planning

  • Aligning Recruitment with Your Strategic Plan

  • Redesigning Meetings to Increase the Impact of the Board

  • Board Committees and Workgroups: Getting it Done!

  • Developing an Effective Board-Executive Director Partnership

  • Board Succession Planning: Building the Leadership Pipeline

  • Conducting a Board Assessment: Pathway to Increased Governance Capacity

  • The Board Role in Advocacy and Public Policy Work

SESSION DESCRIPTIONS

Governing for the Future: Laying the Foundation/Getting Started
For a nonprofit to succeed, it must have a board that is passionately committed to the mission, possesses substantial leadership skills and expertise, and is organized for strategic leadership. Nothing less will do at a time when boards are challenged with building long-term financial sustainability, weighing strategic restructuring options, planning for board leader succession, and more The unrelenting pace of change challenges boards to look and act differently; and traditional governance models will not suffice. Some boards have already made the transition. They possess a number of qualities and characteristics that together define a new profile of board effectiveness.

The Board Role in Strategic Thinking and Planning
Do you have a clear picture of where your nonprofit is, where it should be going, and how to get there? Strategic planning is a process that helps to answer these questions. And in today's unstable, ever-changing environment, strategic planning is a MUST for nonprofit organizations. Strategic planning is at the heart of governance and board members have a critical role to play. This session will be a practical and usable introduction to the key concepts and techniques of strategic planning and thinking, and organizational visioning, and the way these activities can serve as the foundation for strategic board leadership. Participants will leave with a clear understanding of what nonprofits can gain from strategic planning.

Aligning Recruitment with Your Strategic Plan
Recruiting the best leaders to build a diverse, engaged, high performing board requires attention, time and lots of work. You have to start with the mission, review your organization's strategic priorities and then identify the knowledge and skills necessary if the board is to do its part in advancing those priorities; This workshop will cover the basics of strategic  board recruitment and then quickly move beyond these basics to orientation and training. Board training starts with orientation and continues as an ongoing process of raising the skills and competencies of board members. Building board skills is a strategic and long-term process that includes ongoing board training on topics related to governance and strategy as well as the larger service context in which your nonprofit works.

Redesigning Board Meetings: Increasing the Impact of the Board's Work
Well designed and well run board meetings are critical to the governing success of your Board of Directors. This session will provide tools and techniques needed to transform your board meetings from "traditional" characterized by an emphasis on transmission of information and reports, reuse of the same agenda structure month after month with a focus on the past to the new approach characterized by an emphasis on participation and action, strategic and generative thinking, effective use of consent agendas, monitoring mission impact, and defined meeting outcomes with a focus on the future.

Board Committees and Workgroups: Getting it Done!
Since much of the board's work is done through committees, a strong, functioning committee structure is indispensible. Topics include proven tools and techniques for increasing  committee effectiveness; Pros and cons of executive committees, Aligning the committee structure with your strategic plan; Use of workgroups and task forces; and, Developing new leadership through committees.

Developing an Effective Board-Executive Director Partnership
Exceptional boards govern in constructive partnership with the executive director, recognizing that the effectiveness of the executive director and the board are interdependent. This session will clarify the respective roles of the executive director, board chair and the board, and explore how to develop a successful partnership that moves the organization forward.

Board Succession Planning: Building the Leadership Pipeline
Board leader succession planning is an ongoing part of organizational development and sustainability in nonprofit organizations. One of the key roles of the Board is to continually ensure that it has the right set of skills, talents and attributes represented in its Board members. This session will provide tools and techniques needed to develop a board leadership succession process that is aligned with the strategic plan and ongoing recruitment and development.

Conducting a Board Assessment: Pathway to Increased Governance Capacity
One of the most reliable ways the board can strengthen its performance as a governing body is to periodically assess its own performance. The "Conducting a Board Assessment" will provide you with the information, tools and techniques for conducting a board assessment in translating the results into a board improvement action plan. The webinar will cover the following topics: Preparing your board for assessment; Profile of an effective Board; The board development cycle; Survey of board assessment tools and approaches; Translating assessment results into a board improvement action plan

The Board Role in Advocacy and Public Policy Work 
Advocacy capacity is the infrastructure you build around social change work– the policies, resources, relationships and organizational practices that facilitate advancing your advocacy agenda. The purpose of this session is to provide strategies for initiating and sustaining capacity building efforts in your nonprofit  to support effective advocacy. Note: the session will not provide training on how to do effective advocacy but rather how to lay the internal groundwork to position your nonprofit  to do effective advocacy. The session will emphasize the role of the board in this important work.

For more information about how we can design a training program to meet your board's unique needs, contact:

Frank Martinelli, The Center for Public Skills Training
frank@createthefuture.com   

414-961-2536 
 

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