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Episode 23: Get ready for a catalytic board retreat

Daffodils are blooming and the days are warmer, and that means that people are starting to think about getting together in person. More specifically, boards are thinking about gathering for a board retreat. In this episode, Nancy and Sarah implore board members not to pull out their old retreat agenda but to use this opportunity to refresh their purpose, culture, and focus. We talk about what a retreat is and isn’t. We share how the Nonprofit Radio Show principles can guide a board in building an effective board retreat schedule.

Questions to reflect on before you listen:
What would you do if you had a day with your board together in one place?

Discussion questions:

  1. What resonated with you about this conversation? What would you like to take back to your organization?
  2. What elements of your board culture would someone be able to see or hear at your board retreats in the past? Is there any aspect of that culture that you would like to change?
  3. Trust is a key element in effective board leadership. You have big decisions in front of you. You need to trust each other. What could you do at your next board retreat to strengthen trust between members?

Words of the Week:  Retreat
What does this word mean to you and your organization?

What do you think?