Alison advocates for purpose-driven governance. (see blog entry ‘Governing with Purpose: Decision-making as an organizational pursuit.’) When she works with Boards, she helps them see the strength of approaching their role with a commitment to collaborative and insightful systems of practice. Using valuable tools like board calendars, consent agendas and appropriate versions of Roberts Rules of Order, Alison will help the Board move from anxiety and stress to fun and dynamic.
Equity and inclusion are not possible when colonial corporate models of governance are superimposed on non-profits, especially small non-profits. Purpose-driven approaches to decision-making set the foundation for non-profit success.
Call Alison for the following:
- Board self-assessment processes
Done regularly touching base with how Board and senior staff are feeling about the Board is doing, when explored in light of the purpose of the organization and the Board, help keep Boards accountable and engaged. Alison can run the survey, work with the organization to analyze the results, and provide support in addressing any issues that emerge.
- Board Orientation and Training
From fundamentals to advanced thinking, Alison can design an orientation of training for your team. She can take care of your Board Manual, policy drafting and other support for a well-informed group of Board members.
- Board Facilitation
Board’s sometimes need facilitation support, whether for a retreat, one meeting, or a series of meetings, Alison can step in and help you achieve your outcomes. Alison insists on staff participation in retreats, BTW, though, depending on the size of the organization, that may mean only senior staff. In rare circumstances a Board may need time on its own, or perhaps there are no staff? Even where the retreat is a learning one, EDs and senior staff need to learn about governance and leadership in partnership with their Board members.
We often underestimate the value of a skilled facilitator. Whether you want to apply Robert’s Rules of Order or just have a chit chat, a good facilitator ensures you will have a successful meeting.
Non-profits are best served by beginning with knowing what is working well, then building on strengths to identify future goals. Alison insists on using appreciative inquiry in al that she does.
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