Communicating Expectations that Raise the Bar for the Board

All too many organizations wish that the make-up of their boards was different — that there were more members of affluence and influence — or that those on the board were more involved. It’s time to stop wishing. You can make something happen right now with your current board. Olympian high jumper Dick Fosbury teaches us four important lessons about communicating expectations to board members that raise the bar.

Many times the very people complaining about under-performing boards are the ones that are setting the stage for less than spectacular results. In many subtle and not so subtle ways executive directors and board members themselves, especially board chairs, communicate that members of a board of directors do not have to do very much. Learn how we sabotage the results we claim we’d like from our boards through what we say and do. At the same time, learn four lessons gleaned from Olympic legend, high jumper Dick Fosbury about raising the bar and meeting expectations — even when dealing with people from diverse cultures or with different value systems. Walk away with at least seven practical techniques that clearly communicate the height of the bar to everyone and that lead to accountability for getting the job done.

Terrie Temkin

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