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Training Your Board of Directors:
A Manual for the CEOs, Board Members,
Administrators and Executives
of Corporations, Associations, Non-Profit
and Religious Organizations
By: ArLyne Diamond, Ph.D.
With a special section on the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, which raises the standards for corporate governance, even if you are not legally bound by it.
HOW THIS BOOK WILL HELP YOU
The role of the Board of Directors is critical to the health and growth of both for profit and not-for-profit organizations. Although there are some differences in organizational roles and responsibilities, similarities far outweigh the differences.
This manual is designed for Chief Executive Officers (CEOs), Board Chairs, Board Directors, Administrators, Executive Directors and those contemplating serving on boards in the future. Although the manual works best as an interactive document for a group of people working together with a well trained facilitator, it can be used as an educational and motivational guide for any interested individual willing to improve his or her participation on boards, committees, or groups of any kind.
For more than ten years now the author has been training boards of directors of organizations of all kinds, from religious organizations to high powered high tech companies. She has started some organizations herself - both those of professional and service orientation - and has served on many boards and commissions, including her own homeowner's association. Thus, she has been involved with boards from several different angles.
This manual is different from most board training books. Whether you are a member of a religious organization's board, a charity, an association, a not-for-profit of another kind, an advisory board, or a corporation board, either public or private, you will benefit from the information and exercises offered here. The exercises and information can be easily extrapolated for groups and committees of any kind - including family groups.
The manual is a combination of short informative pieces and a series of interactive exercises designed to enable the participants to actively reach the desired conclusions rather than being lectured to or corrected by "the expert." In some cases there are lists of information that can be used either as a reading list, a check list, or a list to be prioritized in order of importance.
The board, as a team, should work cooperatively as an oversight group with staff and volunteer organizations, without getting into the day-to-day operations or micro-managing. This workbook helps them get there.
Preface and Acknowledgments
Exercise A: Introduction Icebreaker
Exercise B: Hopes and Fears
II: Some Definitions
III: Organizational Structure
IV: Vision – Mission – Purpose
Exercise C Prioritizing Ideas, Values, Goals
Exercise D: The Four Questions – Small Group Discussion
Exercise E: The Mission Statement
V: CEO and Boards Roles Meshing on the Corporate Board
Exercise F: The Responsibilities of the Board of Directors
Exercise G: Development and Growth Plan for Board Directors
VI: Hiring and Firing the CEO
VII: Member of the Board
Exercise H: Traits and Roles in the Group
Exercise I: Qualifications for Board Membership
Exercise J: What do we expect of each other as Directors
Exercise K: Board Director Skill Matrix
VIII Legal and Ethical Responsibilities
IX: The Sarbanes-Oxley Act Simplified
XI: The Chair (President) of the Board & Executive Committee
Exercise L: Who does what in Non-Profit Organizations
XIV: Robert’s Rules of Order
XV: Group Decision Making and Problem Solving
XVI: Board Manual, Policy and Procedures
Exercise M: Polices and Structures
XVII: Resistance to Planning and Change
Exercise N: Supreme Ruler
XVIII: Strategic Planning
Exercise O: Visioning Questions
Exercise P: Topics for Small Group Discussion
Exercise Q: Evaluation of a Non-Profit Board
Exercise R: Continuous Improvement
Exercise S: Goal Setting
Exercise T: For the Future
XIX: Formal Evaluations for the Board
Exercise U: Assessing Your Board
Exercise V: Assessment of Board Meetings
Exercise W: Evaluation of the CEO by the Board
Exercise X: Self Assessment of Individual Corporate Board Directors
XX: References and Bibliography
Appendix A: Sarbanes-Oxley Summarized
Training Your Board of Directors by: ArLyne Diamond, Ph.D.338 pages; ISBN 978-1-55270-207-9; Softcover: $39.95
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