Edward Deming once said "You can't manage what you don't measure". He also said that "its not good enough to do your best. You must first know what to do and then do your best".
These two quotes can be applied to many organisations, but if you are on a not for profit board they are especially relevant. Evaluation and continuous improvement are essential processes for all boards whether it be for a specific purpose or as part of your ongoing evaluation cycle.
Where to Start
How do you measure the success or effectiveness of your board? Is it primarily around your financial success or do you take other measures and areas of governance into account?
Surprisingly many non profit boards spend a lot of time evaluating and assessing the success of the organisation but fail to put regular checks in place to ensure the board is staying on track and improving towards best practice.
Relying on anecdotal evidence or conversations is not the ideal way to ensure your board is working to its true potential.
Independent evaluation and direction is an excellent way to ensure your board are aligned and working to the same goals.
Having an independent process outside of the organisation also can foster more honesty and be a true reflection of how the board see themselves opening up conversation and discussions that may never be started.
Line in the sand
The Line in the sand gap analysis is an independent discovery tool designed to help boards draw a line in the sand of where they are today and what areas of best practice they need to be working on.
This gap analysis concentrates on ten key areas of your work as a board sitting under the main headings of Foundation, Process, People, Direction and Effectiveness.
The tool can be used by the Chair or President to develop a road map for their board leadership moving forward, or as a whole board activity that takes into account all board members views, knowledge and understanding.
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