Towards the end of December and into January, I asked a number of clients and other contacts for their opinions on trends and predictions for 2015. I received some excellent feedback, as well as one overwhelming concern. I will leave this major concern to the end of this newsletter…
Here are the top predictions:
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*Results based on a 2014 survey of 836 Chief Executive Staff Officers across Canada.
Some of you will agree with these statistics, others may say the list is much like last year. I do agree that it is quite similar to 2014. The greatest concern from Boards and Chief Staff Officers alike, is a shaky or unworkable transition from an Operational Board to a Policy Board. Too many times this transition has been lead by well-meaning individual(s) that could do with some more experience, or are following a textbook model that may not relate to the organization's best interests. Other times the Board may not have fully ‘bought into’ the new model. Sometimes it is seen as the Chief Staff Officer moving forward with their own agenda.
For the most part, the transitions do need to move from operational to policy/hybrid or to collaborative. If the individuals you are planning on working with are not experienced in either of these two models, you could be heading down the wrong road.
If your Board has recently made a transition and it didn’t work out the way you’d like, let’s discuss your options. Give me a call at 604-737-9992.
Terry J. Clark CAE, the Founder and President of Real Board Solutions is a results-oriented, not-for-profit professional who has a unique background and skill set that volunteer board members and their staff truly appreciate.
In 2013 the Canadian Society of Association Executives presented Terry with the prestigious ACE Award (Association Cornerstone of Excellence) in the ‘Above and Beyond’ Category.
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