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A Message From Terry


CEO compensation in Associations and Not-For-Profits has often been a contentious item. What is an appropriate compensation for the role? Should I get a bonus? A tremendous amount of people may, in fact, not have a provision for a bonus with their current arrangement with the Board of Directors.

Agressive DownsizingYou may be saying to yourself "I've never received a bonus. What can I do to correct this oversight?"

I recommend one or both of the following options:

1) Go to and request my mp3 "7 Strategic Moves to Earn What You Are Worth". Give it a listen, then reassess your current compensation plan.

2) If you are not clear on how you can earn greater compensation, how much you should be making, or if it's time to move on, give me a call at 1-888-531-5796. We can help.

For this first newsletter of 2014, I've included a complimentary Board of Director Performance Assessment in the assignment section below. It is a really quick way to test your board's effectiveness.

I hope you enjoy this month's articles.

Terry Clark

Feature Article

What Model of a Policy Board Do You Want?

Board Members Not WatchingIt seems as though each week ( maybe its even once a day...) I get the question, Terry, our Board wants to be a policy board but, what is that really and what kind of board could we/should we be? Most Boards in my 19 years of experience have issues from time to time about what kind of Board they are.

There is absolutely no 'one size' fits all! For now, lets look at a couple of policy governance models and discuss other types such as operational of fundraising aside, we will get back to those and the many other models in the next few weeks.

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How Integrating Social Media in Your CV Can Give You the Competitive Edge

The jobs market has become increasingly more competitive in the economic downturn. Job candidates need to utilise all the resources at their disposal to make a great impression. Naturally, you must ensure your CV is as impressive as possible, carefully detailing your skills, experience and expertise.

However, your CV will make you more attractive to prospective employers if you integrate your social media profiles into it. Companies are using social media for job screening with greater frequency, so ensuring your profiles provide the right information to seize employer attention and adding prominently displayed links to your CV is a crucial step to take before applying for a new position.

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Is it time to review your governance structure? Do your board members truly understand their roles and responsibilities, or do you have to go deeper and have a full governance review? Complete this Board of Director Performance Assessment and get a quick answer.

I have more in depth assessments specific to your sector so if you would like one, email me.

It's Your MoveI appreciate those organizations that have put their trust in me to help them work through their issues.

If you are ready to make your move towards better board performance, contact me today at 1-888-531-5796.

About Terry Clark

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.

For the past 19 years Terry has advised hundreds of not-for-profit Boards of Directors and their senior staff members. As past Executive Director with a high profile business association, Terry has also served as an interim Executive Director with eight organizations.

His consulting practice focuses on executive search, Board development, strategic planning, operational reviews, executive director compensation and mentorship/coaching. He has provided those services to not-for-profits in virtually every not-for-profit sector in Western Canada, North West Territories, the Yukon and California.

Terry is a Certified Association Executive (CAE), a Past Area Governor of Toastmasters International and was educated at the University of British Columbia. He possesses leading-edge Non Profit "best practices" and combines them with real life experiences to provide not-for-profits Boards and their staff with real solutions.

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