The Secret to Successful Board Meetings? Great Facilitation.
Think back to the last time someone invited you to sit on a nonprofit board. If you’re like most folks, the first thing that popped into your mind was something related to board meetings… how many board meetings do I have to attend, how long are they, will I be wasting my time…?
No one joins a board because they want to go to board meetings; folks join boards because they want to help make the organization’s mission a reality. But, here’s the catch:
Well-attended and well-facilitated board meetings are critical to the organization’s ability to achieve its goals.
So, now, think back to the last board meeting you attended. Did you leave the meeting feeling it achieved something valuable in pushing the organization towards its goals? Did you feel your time was well-spent? Did you walk out of the meeting with understanding and agreement on what actions were needed from your colleagues and you? Were you glad you attended and proud of your affiliation with the organization?
No? Not exactly? Do you relate to the cartoon above?
If so, there’s a good chance that your organization is making a few cardinal mistakes that sabotage the nearly 11 million meetings held in the US each day:
- Failing to design your meeting agenda for success – a task that begins at least a week before your meeting.
- Failing to properly prepare meeting participants by sharing your agenda and relevant information prior to the meeting.
- Failing to understand how groups make decisions. Not supporting the process required for the particular action/decision your group is considering.
Join us for our NEW Members’ Only two-day Facilitative Leadership workshop to learn how to avoid these common pitfalls. Facilitative Leadership is a specific leadership style that is particularly important in teams and involves:
- Building rapport – establishing credibility to enable people to contribute with ease.
- Communicating effectively verbally and non-verbally – Being supportive and engaged
- Active listening – demonstrating your interest by your body language.
- Questioning techniques – you can use questions as a very powerful facilitation skill: you can check understanding; ask for clarification, or for a view to be expanded. You can also ask questions to get people thinking differently (Why do you think that might be? What else might explain that? How might we do things differently? Etc.)
- Navigating and resolving conflict – inviting differing viewpoints and creating agreement through mutual respect and understanding.
- Developing your personal leadership capability – today’s leaders must learn to facilitate and involve others in the process of change and continuous improvement through self-awareness, personal commitment and continuous learning.
We are thrilled to partner with PG&E and help our nonprofit leaders learn how to design better meeting, retreat, and event agendas, guide their colleagues through 4 distinct decision-making pathways, and improve board member and staff engagement. Let us help you spend less time in unproductive meetings and more time focusing on the missions you love!
Join us July 13 & 14, but register soon! Space is limited for this Exclusive Member Event.
Details & Pricing: https://tinyurl.com/leadership-explained2