Magazine article Parks & Recreation

The Secrets to High-Performance Boards

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

The Secrets to High-Performance Boards

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Boards are established to govern. It is a vital function for the health of their respective organizations. This responsibility is not about "good relations" with the staff or community prestige but it is essential in providing public accountability. It is the process of challenging the performance of the organization and keeping them and community resources focused on that mission.

Here are some steps to improve governance:

* Create dialogue at the board level as to what governance activities should entail.

* Investigate other governance models and examine new ways to provide oversight and leadership. Have joint meetings with other boards to "compare notes."

* Answer these critical questions:

* Who are we?

* Why does our organization exist? What is our mission?

* What are our core values?

* How can we make better decisions?

* What questions are we not asking?

* Carefully review the information that is provided to you as a board member for meetings and as a part of routine communication. Is it useful in helping you assess the performance of the organization? Review the board packets and routine communication of other organizations. …

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