Is there a skills gap in your board of directors?
This article provides you with tools, templates and a framework to conduct a Board Skills Audit.
What board skills do you need to navigate the ‘new normal’?
Board Skills Review
If you are a CEO or Chairperson of a non-profit, this article provides:
- Quick guide on how to kick-off the board-skills conversation with your board.
- Free Trial to conduct the initial board skills audit.
- Best Practice examples to demonstrate how a board skills audit is an essential step in achieving your overall strategic goals
Right about now, you are facing challenging times. You are working with your Board of Directors to navigate the organisation through the next few months and beyond.
COVID-19 has changed your strategy, your cashflow, your people and your processes.
COVID-19 has changed how your board prioritises risk and how it communicates, but it has not removed the duties the Board of Directors must perform.
“Is there a skills-gap in your Board of Directors? ”
As your organisation moves through this time of extreme economic, social and organisational change, perhaps now is the time to take a look at the Board of Director skill-sets and identify hidden skills, experience or networks amongst your board members.
Perhaps your strategy has changed dramatically.
As your board looks out at a post-COVID world, board skills and experience such as Health & Safety, Business Continuity, Risk Management, Digital Marketing and Digital Platforms, HR, Finance, Grants, Funding and Fundraising are in higher demand.
Do you need to identify the missing skills to survive in a COVID-19 world?
Board members serve for a period of time referred to as tenure. The length of tenure is defined in your governing documents.
Where a board member is due to retire or leave the board, this would also be an opportune time to conduct a Board Skills audit to identify any hidden skills amongst remaining board members or catch any skills gaps that might occur upon the loss of the exiting board member.
On a more sombre note, perhaps your board skills gap is based around succession planning in the event that a board member needs to step-away from their duties. The traditional demographic of Board Members is on-par with the groups at higher risk of COVID-19 (Source: ONS Data as of April 2020)
Listen to how Pamela Dennison developed her career and board skills.
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