As a nonprofit leader, do you ever feel frustrated at the engagement of your board members? Do you wonder why they aren’t performing the way they should be? Rob’s guest, Hardy Smith explains the reasons why board engagement may be down and what you can do to improve it.
Hardy is a speaker and consultant who helps nonprofits customize solutions, strategies, and systems. He is also the author of the book, Stop the Nonprofit Board Blame Game: How to Break the Cycle of Frustrating Relationships and Benefit from Fully Engaged Boards.
Hardy believes that nonprofit leaders are the biggest contributors to the issue of poor board member engagement. He shares that leaders are not only bringing the wrong people onto their boards, but they also forget to be clear about the board member’s responsibilities. Hardy describes what the recruiting process should look like, and emphasizes the importance of having a pool of potential candidates to choose from. He also describes the main reasons members may have a poor experience during their time on the board, and how leaders can mitigate this by improving their communication skills. When it comes to selecting board leadership, Hardy explains why it’s crucial to look at one’s prior experience. Finally, he offers clear advice on how nonprofit leaders can reach their goal of having more diversity and inclusion amongst their board members.
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