Breaking in a New Board

I find it very interesting when a new board is installed. Just recently, one client changed to a new board. The president has been a board member for a couple of years and the secretary had not been on the board. Both realize that they need training for their positions.

The secretary was easy. I loaned him my copy of Every Meeting Needs a Great Secretary and my copy of Eli Mina’s book for secretaries. Those who works cover everything that a secretary needs to know to do a good job.

Working with the president is going to take a lot more than anything that can be found in books. She needs help in handling the culture of the meetings she chairs. In the board meetings, the various cultures that are present have to be handled carefully. The post board meeting discussion with her is going to be the important educational time and will often involve me asking her the right questions so she can see where her successes were and what she needs to do to make good adjustments. This is where I have to be an artist.

Time will tell how successful I am.