The reality is, improving Board performance starts with getting the “right people on the bus.” No longer can Boards wholly delegate the Board nominating process to nominating committees. Although members most often elect Board members, Board’s themselves must take an active role in the process of identifying, cultivating and nominating future Board members.
In the perfect world, chairpersons, when elected, would have all the perquisite skills and knowledge needed to excel in this important role. Unfortunately, we don’t live in an ideal world.
There are many techniques that can be employed to ensure a strategic thinking board. Here are ten essentials:
Creating a successful task force requires a lot more than asking for volunteers. Critical thought needs to be given to identifying the right task force members and process design. Using task forces, in favor of standing committees, can add value, but the true value is experienced when you take a strategic approach to task force formation and process design.