As we all adapt to the ever-changing environment that the COVID-19 pandemic has created, board members are asking what they can do to best support the organizations they work with. Many responsibilities remain the same – but during this difficult time, I think some of those responsibilities are becoming even more critical. For example, the board is always responsible for supporting the CEO – but this may be more important now than ever. The board should continually be monitoring and evaluating the organization's strategy – but as we prepare for an uncertain future, these evaluations may require added scrutiny and some tough decisions.
As a BoardSource certified Nonprofit Board Consultant, you’ll see that many of my links lead you to their site. BoardSource is the recognized leader in nonprofit board leadership and continually publishes quality board resources around board development. But there are a great many other quality resources out there, and I hope that some of these are helpful to you in encouraging additional dialogue with your board.
What Nonprofit Board Members Should Be Doing Right Now to Address the COVID-19 Situation A blog post by Joy Folkedal and Lindsay Tallman of BoardSource. This article highlights a few areas where board leadership is critical, including risk assessment, budgeting, and safety.
The Role of the CEO and Board Chair in a Crisis (video) An Ask-an-Expert webinar hosted by BoardSource. BoardSource President & CEO Anne Wallestad and Board President Cathy Trower joined Andy Davis for a Facebook live event to discuss the role of the CEO and board chair during a crisis.
How to Build a Culture of Inquiry During the COVID-19 Crisis A blog post by Joy Folkedal, a senior project manager of governance programs at BoardSource. Joy defines “culture of inquiry” and provides a framework for starting to build one at your organization.
Boards in the Time of Coronavirus A blog post written by senior staff of McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm. This article offers guidance on what role board members should play during a crisis, and as well as assessing the organization for future operating challenges.
Show Up: Your Role as a Board Member During a Pandemic A great blog post from Dr. Laura Zumdahl, President and CEO of New Moms. Dr. Zumdahl discusses what board members can do to best support the CEO and the organization during this time of emergency response.
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