Everything I Need To Know About Life I Learned On My Nonprofit Board
In my experience, people on nonprofit boards almost always act with good will; they become disappointed or frustrated, however, when roles are unclear, and that can bring about tension. Under such circumstances, the board can get stuck. When the board underperforms, so does the organization; the community suffers.
This is a life lesson for people in workplaces, families, classrooms, and any relationship. That peace, happiness, and fulfillment come from creating a mutual understanding of what you’re trying to accomplish and each person’s role in achieving success.
No matter what the “problem” is, the solution usually lies in defining clear roles. And not generic roles, but more specific responsibilities related to what you seek to attain. With a nonprofit board, the first step is to focus on the mission, the organization’s compelling purpose; next, to establish the “Greater Vision”--the organization’s greater potential; and finally, to articulate the role of the board, CEO, and staff, respectively, in achieving success.