Remarkable content and insights at the BoardSource Leadership Forum. Here are ideas that I am excited to explore further.
- Leaders are spending their time in the following ares: 30% interruptions, 25% content creation, 20% meetings, 15% absorbing content, and 5% thinking.
- What books are you re-reading to confirm or challenge your original assumptions?
- Big Ideas–>Culture–>Dialogue are three areas where we can be obsessive
Cathy Trower: Stage V Thinking
- The five stages of thinking
- Stage 1: collective, analyzing, interpreting
- Stage 2: Strategic decision-making
- Stage 3: Strategic planning
- Stage 4: Execution. Reviewing progress against the plan
- Stage 5: Sensemaking
- Engage board members as thought partners, not technicians
- Distinguish between discussion (action focused) vs dialogue (exploration and new ideas)
Thomas McLaughlin: Nonprofit Collaboration
- Alliance is required for economic, resource, and operational sharing. Mergers required in a corporate to corporate union.
- Corporate structures are allergic to mergers so they need time and both parties have to win.
- Honoring the brand is important.
- Culture is exponentially more important that strategy.
- Ask, what does success look like? Who else has done this before? What did the merger look like?
Richard Mittenthal: Governance 3.0
- Consider strategic initiatives that embrace the entire ecosystem your organization occupies, not just your enterprise in isolation.
- Build board capacity by providing board with the vocabulary and technical understanding necessary to discuss programs.
- Distinguish between collaboration and collective impact. Collaboration does not give-up much whereas collective impact sacrifices for the whole.
- Is your organization breaking down the board walls by inviting external guests and taking field trips?
Gigi Woodruff: Advancing Governance
- Search YMCA’s Board Leadership Competency Model for great resources
- Six Competencies
- Emotional Maturity
- Functional Expertise
- Ask the board: How will we show-up? How are we related to the bigger opportunity? Which competencies are you going to commitment to during the next year?
- Who on the board asks, what just happened?
- Recruit new board members by allowing them to tell their stories and sell themselves to you
Holly Duckwork: Ctrl+Alt+Believe
- Reboot your organization by transcending history and hierarchy
- Dying organizations have three common themes: fear, doubt, lack. Growing organizations: faith, courage, abundance
- Ask, what are we optimistic about?
- Combine two best practices to create a new practice
- Zappos top five core values are remarkable
- Wow through service, embrace and drive change, create fun and weirdness, be adventurous and creative, and pursue growth