Onboarding and Building a Team
We have written quite frequently about the need to assign priority attention to bring on new board members. If done well, the board is set up for much higher levels of success. If done poorly – or not at all – new members struggle to belong and contribute.
New members’ lack of training may lead to overly negative behaviors and attitudes.
So take charge! Meet as a board and set up a plan for building out the new member knowledge and camaraderie as a new board. It only takes one member for the whole team “personality” and culture to change. Make it a change for the better.
Our books have talked about onboarding and team building. Here are three genuine samples from boards we have trained.
On-Boarding New Members: A Jumpstart to Success
Consider AGI for experienced and professional onboarding in our work of CG®.
Most recently, we did this work with the La Crosse WI Board. We return in May after their upcoming election for a reboot to include four new members. Here’s what their board president, Dr. Juan Jiménez had to say:
Fantastic! I so appreciate you both for providing a great presentation which helped ground the Board on Coherent Governance®. The materials were great; I felt the discussion was open and allowed people to speak their truth about where they are at, and it allowed for the “old-timers” on the Board to reiterate points to the entire Board with you in the room. Having you clear up some of those points was fantastic!
And Superintendent Dr. Aaron J. J. Engel, gave us this feedback:
I thought it went well, was the right material and the right amount of time. Discussion and questions were good and folks were engaged. I concur with your assessment, we have to continue this work as we onboard new folks. We will follow up with some plans for next steps soon.