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Board & Organizational Development

Image really can't have one without the other. I was asked to submit a guest blog to th e Connecticut Main Street Center about finding board members. During the process of ripping apart an old article on working boards ...and trying to piece it together again sans tongue in cheek...I realized that I have a LOT to say on the topic of board development. Part of it is old trauma still rearing its ugly head after having spent the better part of five years trying to get a dysfunctional board to actually work . One of the most dreaded lines I’d heard as an executive director from board members (and I heard it many, many times. Grrrrr) was, “I don’t have time for this, I have a full-time job!” And in the back of my mind, I answered the same way every time, “Yes, but you also have a part-time job. Here. In this organization. You signed up for this. You VOLUNTEERED.” Simply put no one puts a gun to the heads of working board members and forces them to fill a vacant seat in an organizati