In D.C. to do a set of presentations and see some friends. Had a terrific afternoon yesterday in Chicago at the Axelson Center for Nonprofits at North Park University. I did a pre-conference workshop on marketing for a wonderful crowd that had really good questions.
One question stuck with me on the plane: "Quick question", the woman asked, "How do I motivate a board that doesn't want to do its job?"
Of course the answer isn't quick...but what was intriguing was that the other execs jumped in and said things like "Hold them accountable to do their job,", "Get them off the board!", and "Raise the bar on their job description and the ones you want to leave will self-select out."
Good advice. There is no place in a nonprofit today for a board that doesn't work. Boards need to be engaged, knowledgeable, and accountable for their time and stewardship. If they can't do that, they need to leave, both for the good of the organization and their own personal protection: they are fiduciaries, personally responsible for the actions of the nonprofit.
Oh, and thanks to Kris Maldre for all your help and for reading the blog!