By Deanna Tharpe, DSAIA Executive Director
Reading over an article from Jane Page-Steiner, I saw something that really caught my eye. She spoke of board researcher, Mary Hiland, Ph.D of Hiland Associates, and a study she had done on the life cycle of boards and board development. Study participants identified three critical factors that influenced or drove board development and change and what was the first one on the list? Outside governance expertise or training– a “nudge” during a facilitated board training or a board member attendance at an outside training contributed to a new vision of the board.
Can I say something to you in confidence? Have you ever talked to your spouse about an idea and have them shoot it down…but then later when a total stranger touts the same idea they are more than happy to jump in with both feet? Shhh…that is why outside training is so important. And it is important to your board to hear certain things from an outside source, a professional, rather than from a peer.
This month, we’re talking about Shared Responsibility and Accountability. Wow, wouldn’t you like to have your entire board on that webinar? Well, make it happen, Cap’n. (OMG – I did just say that!) Encourage your board to attend the upcoming DSAIA Board Development Series webinar on May 15th. When they register, they’ll get an email with a link to view past webinars. It’s important. It’s your board. It’s your organization! (Psst…what your board does directly affects your membership…individuals with Down syndrome.) Don’t your members deserve the very best? Give it to them. Enroll your entire board in the DSAIA Board Development Series at www.dsaia.org/webinars today!
And don’t forget…DSAIA members have only until June 30th to take advantage of Jane Page-Steiner’s valuable one-hour consultation FREE OF CHARGE through our VIP Offer. Check it out at www.dsaia.org/vip.