A board’s job is to govern, but what does that really mean? In this episode, Nancy and Sarah explain what governance means in normal, everyday terms. They name concrete tasks to move board members more deeply into their governing role. When boards are focused on governing, a lot of common board-related challenges go away– micromanaging, lack of focus, disinterest, burnout, stalled missions, etc. By the end of this episode, you will know the four buckets of governance and one thing you can do to strengthen how your board can better achieve your mission through good governance.
Question to reflect on before you listen:
What are some words that you would use to describe your board now?
- What resonated with you about this conversation? What would you like to take back to your organization?
- As you think about the four buckets of governance that we discuss (establish a structure, make decisions, maintain accountability, and lead on what matters), which one should your board spend more time on? Why?
Word of the week: Govern
How does thinking about the word “govern” in the public sector– i.e. government — help you to think about the word in the nonprofit sector?