Saturday, January 04, 2020
The Board Reminder
Boards often have a Board Secretary position.
What they need is a Board Historian or, to put it bluntly, a Board Reminder.
The Board Reminder would remind the Board of its earlier actions on various subjects, as in "The motion on the floor was considered and rejected (or adopted) three years ago. The reasons cited for that action were . . . ."
Or "The motion on the floor would assign that responsibility to the Governance Committee. Last year, it was decided that starting next month, that responsibility belongs to the Vice President."
The Board Reminder position recognizes that Boards have short attention spans and that staff members might not leap to remind the Board of past actions or may not even know of them.
Even if the Board is well-organized and keeps an up-to-date Policy Manual containing all of its policies, it helps to have an individual who is specifically responsible for reminding the Board about past actions.
Since "Board Reminder" doesn't have the right ring, scrap the Board Secretary job and replace it with Board Historian.
You'll thank me for it.
Posted by Michael Wade at 4:30 AM