1. Articles from Debra Beck

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    1. Effective nonprofit board meetings: Questions, engagement, energized exits

      Effective nonprofit board meetings: Questions, engagement, energized exits

      "Amen."

      I said that a lot while watching this brief video from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. The themes of what is shared will ring familiar to regular readers of this blog. But the chance to share these expert voices advocating for the kinds of meaningful member engagement - and discussion-focused agendas - in board meetings feels like a great idea this week.

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    2. Healthy vs. smart: Key differences and their impacts on nonprofit governance success

      Healthy vs. smart: Key differences and their impacts on nonprofit governance success

      Did I mention you'd be seeing more from Patrick Lencioni's work on organizational health?

      This brief video points out what should be obvious to boards (but may not be, because we don't talk about these topics): boards need to be both smart and healthy. Those of us who pay attention to board development - boards and consultants - tend to have the "smart" component down. We focus on the elements that typically signify board effectiveness. Look at his list under that category - technology, strategy, finance, marketing - for hints.

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    3. What does it take to be a high-impact board? By: Debra Beck

      What does it take to be a high-impact board? By: Debra Beck

      After more than 30 years of working on and with boards, and five years of blogging about nonprofit governance, I have developed my own sense of what it takes to truely lead in the boardroom. An effective nonprofit board can be summed up in four words: inclusive, engaging, accountable, and generative. This blog entry focuses on those four words and how they each create the high-impact, nonprofit board.  

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    4. The 70:20:10 Rule of Board Learning By: Debra Beck

      The 70:20:10 Rule of Board Learning By: Debra Beck

      The faulty assumption is that boards can only learn if (a) they are called together for a formal training event and (b) that experience is led by an all-knowing instructor who will pour all of the "right" answers into their heads. When that is accomplished, poof. Our boards will miraculously get their act together, achieve some governance perfection, and stop holding us back. It may sound good in theory, but there's just one problem: not only is it not how most adults actually learn, it's not even the way they learn best. But in assuming that training events ...

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    5. The 70:20:10 Rule of Board Learning by Debra Beck

      The 70:20:10 Rule of Board Learning by Debra Beck

      One of the persistent - and frustrating - refrains of many conversations about nonprofit board development centers on the notion that, if we want more effective outcomes from our governing bodies, we must plop them down in a room with an expert for training. Yet if we expand our understanding of how adults learn, we open new opportunities to engage boards in meaningful learning that changes their practice. One of the more useful ideas emerging from that knowledge base is the 70:20:10 framework of learning, which draws on research about the role of informal adult learning.

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