Do you have one or more new board members who were appointed or elected since the last time your board had a Policy Governance refresher? While a face-to-face orientation session is still the most effective way to help new board members thoroughly understand Policy Governance, we realize that sometimes the “timing fates” conspire to make it very difficult to provide for new board members to attend a session early enough in their tenure.
REALBoard Self-Directed Learning™ was designed specifically to fill this gap. It allows your new members to learn Policy Governance principles right away. The introduction can then be more thoroughly fleshed out the next time you schedule an orientation or refresher session. As you know, if a new board member does not understand the Policy Governance principles you are using to govern, it can prove frustrating to everyone, and more importantly, it can cause the board to lose momentum.
I found the overall presentation in the Modules excellent, and we have it in our policies to review them for current board members and a requirement that new board members to go through the modules within 6 months of joining the Board. Thank you for this material.
Eric Kraehenbuehl – Board member and past board chair, Credit Union of New Jersey.