Board turnover is an unfortunate reality at many associations. As an association leader, there are certain strategies you can use to better manage board turnover and ensure your board fulfills your needs as well as the needs of your association. Here are some great tips to help you improve the management of board turnover.
Set Expectations Right Away
Since your board can make or break the success of your association, it’s essential to set expectations for them at the start of their term or before they even become a member of the board. Some examples of these expectations are: being prepared for meetings, attending events, meeting deadlines for assignments, and supporting the association externally.
Onboard New Board Members
Onboard new board members with the same enthusiasm you would a new association member. Plan and execute an orientation that can help board members understand how your association operates and give them the chance to ask any questions they may have.
During the orientation, be sure to provide each board member with a handbook, calendar of meetings, and list of members. Also, discuss your strategic plan, bylaws, policies, budget, and any other information they’ll need to know to become assets to your association.
Make Your Governance Model Clear
While you may know who sets the strategic direction of your association and enforces it, your board may not. By making your governance model clear with new board members, you’ll reduce the risk of conflict, ensuring everyone knows their place within the organization.
Have One-on-One Check-In Meetings
It’s a good idea to have one-on-one meetings with your board members every so often. These meetings can offer you the opportunity to provide them with your feedback and answer any questions or address any concerns they may have. By having one-on-one check in meetings, board members have a private forum where they can openly and honestly express themselves without worrying about what others think. These meetings are particularly beneficial if you have a small board.
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