“Diversity on Your Board” — Xylem Group Blab ep #12, June 22

The Xylem Group on Blab.im. Topic for discussion: Nonprofit board diversity..On June 22, 2016, The Xylem Group discussed Diversity on Your Board.
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https://blab.im/xylem-diversity-on-your-non-profit-board

  • Is having diversity an issue when recruiting for your board?
  • What is considered acceptable diversity?
  • Does your board have a written/unwritten policy about diversity?
  • Have you faced issues about qualifications vs. diversity?
  • Are you satisfied with the mix of members on your board?
  • Is your board pro-active about Diversity? Should it be pro-active?

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“The Board’s Role in Strategic Planning” — Xylem Group Blab ep #11, June 15

The Xylem Group discusses the Board's Role in Strategic Planning

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Watch the Xylem Group as we discuss “The Board’s Role in Strategic Planning”
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Date: June 15, 2016

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Associated discussion points

  • what do we mean by strategic planning?
  • Is Strategic Planning an expected product of the board’s work?
  • Why are board members attracted to issues of strategy?
  • The staff and CEO’s role in Strategic Planning
  • What are the consequences of good/poor Strategic Planning
  • When is Strategic Planning effective, and how is that achieved?

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Board use of Executive Session? Xylem Group Blab ep #10, June 8

When should the board use Executive Session (also called 'in camera')

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When should the nonprofit board use ‘Executive Session’
also called ‘In Camera’?

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Date: 2016 June 8
Some Topics:

  • board transparency
  • related board agenda
  • Board member preparation for executive session
  • how to report the results of the executive session
  • developing criteria for executive session (or in camera) meetings

Board Policies — Why Have Them? Xylem Group Blab ep #9, June 1

Title: Board Policies — Why Have Them?
Short URL: http://j.mp/WhyPolicy <<==click to watch a replay of the Blab session

Sure, everyone tells nonprofit boards that the members are better to govern by creating policies instead of issuing commands, edicts, and approving staff plans and budgets. But what are policies? How do policies facilitate governing? Doesn’t the board relinquish control by issuing vague policies? Aren’t policies usually written, filed, and just forgotten — what good is that?

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Blab ep #8, for May 25 — When the nonprofit’s purpose is not being fulfilled

Title: When the nonprofit organization’s purpose is not being fulfilled — how does the board respond?
Short URL: http://j.mp/notfulfilled <<==click to view the replay

On May 25, 2016, the Xylem-Group explored how the board manages when it realizes that the organization does not seem to have the capacity to create the benefit, or change, or result for which it was founded. Is the problem a lack of funding or a lack of staff ability? Is the solution to lower the expectations and abandon some of the vision? Are their other remedies? Representing the Xylem Group: Sherry S Jennings, Linda Stier, John Bruce, and Robert J Ballantyne.

Xylem Blab "When the nonprofit's purpose is not being fulfilled" Xylem Group Blab #8

Xylem Blab “When the nonprofit’s purpose is not being fulfilled” Xylem Group Blab #8
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Blab ep #7, for May 18 — identifying non-profit owners

Title: To whom is the nonprofit board accountable? About owners.
Date: Wednesday May 18
Time: 9am PDT,    Noon EDT,    5pm BST
Short URL: j.mp/nonprofitowners <<==click to watch replay

We explored how to identify the board’s owners when the makeup of that cohort seems vague or ambiguous.

The nonprofit Policy Governance board must identify its owners, be able to link to them, and have confidence that the board is acting as a fiduciary for the owners. How does the board do this? What questions should be asked, and what research is required? What are the consequences of doing this poorly, and what are the benefits of doing it well? Does the staff have a role to play in linking the board and the owners?

Blab 2016may18 To Whom is the board accountable?

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Accountability — Dealing with the aftermath of failure | Blab ep #6

The Xylem-Group Blab on  Accountability — Dealing with the aftermath of failure was recorded on May 11, 2016 at Noon EDT.

Blab (a video podcast) on the subject of Accountability - Dealing with aftermath of failure

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No Blab on April 13 — Next Blab April 20, 2016

The Xylem Team are not available at the usual time for a blab on Wednesday, April 13th. But we have resolved to make most Wednesdays in the weeks to come — and we’ll be broadcasting next on April 20.

Next Blab: Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Time: 9am PDT, Noon EDT, 5pm BST
Topic:
something about recruiting, matchmaking, enrolling people
to become part of our organizations, or concepts, or ideas for changing the world.

To participate in or subscribe to this Blab event, click:
http://j.mp/blab-apr20

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