Welcome to More Lessons From the Nonprofit Boardroom Blog, a 40-week journey through the new book, More Lessons From the Nonprofit Boardroom, by Dan Busby and John Pearson. Each Wednesday, we're featuring a guest writer’s favorite snippet from the week's topic. Hans Finzel is our guest blogger this week for the fourth of four lessons in "Part 9: Holy Ground and Other Locations.” And during this COVID-19 era, the role of the board becomes even more critical. We pray that your board will have God-honoring wisdom as you spiritually discern next steps.
LESSON 35 OF 40: Leverage the 80/20 Rule in the Boardroom
Invest 80 percent of your board work on future ministry opportunities—not rehashing the past.
THE BIG IDEA FROM THE BOOK: In Lesson 35, the authors note that most of our time (80%) should be focused on the future, not rehashing the past. Some board members might be tempted to spend too much board meeting time rehashing past failures or roadblocks. It is the job of the board chair and the CEO to make sure that most of the board meetings are devoted to looking forward with trends and opportunities that are around the next corner.
MY FAVORITE INSIGHTS from Lesson 35, pages 185-191:
Great boards appoint a “Readers Are Leaders” champion—a book zealot who inspires the board to read and discuss at least one future-focused book each year. This practice assures that your board is giving real time to thinking and strategizing about the future.
THIS WEEK’S QUOTES & COMMENTARY BY DR. HANS FINZEL:
TO DO TODAY:
• Choose a book that your board will read that is future-focused.
• Study the minutes of your last two board meetings. Analyze how much time was spent looking back and how much looking forward. Make adjustments for your next meeting.
• Visit the ECFA Knowledge Center and read and share the short chapter, Lesson 35, “Leverage the 80/20 Rule in the Boardroom.”
NEXT WEDNESDAY: On Sept. 9, 2020, watch for the commentary by Steve Altick on Lesson 36, “Watch Out for Boards Asleep at the Wheel. Golden opportunities are missed when a board’s eyes are wide shut.”