If you are wondering why your Board isn’t significantly engaged at a level one would expect from a high performance, strategic thinking Board, it may be that your Executive Committee has inadvertently caused the disengagement. Engaging leaders requires the creation of impactful, intellectually stimulating Board experiences. If your Executive Committee is making governing decisions that the Board could be making or exploring issues that the Board could be exploring, it is likely that your Executive Committee is limiting the Board members’ impactful, intellectually stimulating experiences.
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.