Big Nonprofit Ideas for the Other 95
Tony kicks off the show by introducing Gene Takagi and they start to talk about working with board members. Gene talks about always aspiring to be “better” and knowing what board members are walking into. Tony mentions that there should be liability insurance and Gene says that that’s something that he tends to look for. Gene also talks briefly about recruitment and how he is a part of finding new board members.
Tony brings it back in by talking about personal networking.Tony and Gene talk about looking for people who are team players, especially people who are going to be working on committees. Gene talks about trying to find people who aren’t just putting on a good public face. Gene also mentions looking at what the other board members do and what their expectations are. If you don’t know those expectations, then it is probably not going to be managed right. Gene talks about how every board member should explain what they’re looking for before new people join the board. Gene talks about being able to offer something different to attract people.
Tony and Gene talk about the struggle of assessing judgement. Tony also talks about fostering a sense of trust between the board members and the individuals. Genes mentions how to have to judge someone’s skill between resumes, and having someone vouch for them. Gene also suggests letting someone come to a board meeting as a visitor and listener. Tony talks about how you can learn a lot about someone by just watching them. Gene talks about bringing diversity and inclusion into a board and how important that is.
Gene talks about a shift in leadership and how that can be a hard transition to the rest of leadership. Tony brings up financial challenges and how to get people out of the problem that they’re facing. Gene talks about how boards have a hard time finding the perfect person, and the big fear is bringing on a board member who might be invaluable. Gene talks about how first impressions build very quickly. He continues about knowing that you should be making the best impression you can. Make sure you have limitations when judging other people and knowing other people’s skills.