Here’s what we find most commonly when we conduct an association Board assessment:

  1. Directors don’t share a common definition of the Board role.
  2. Board composition doesn’t reflect the risks and opportunities that the Association is facing.
  3. Board operating procedures are focused on staff operations not governance.

Association Board Role Definition

The trend in association Board role definition is away from staff direction and towards corporate governance. More Boards are accepting the importance of working on the business, not in it. Governance – the oversight of risk, strategy and leadership is vital for organizations who want to remain vital.

Association Board Composition

The trend in Board composition is Director competency. Traditional approaches like regional representation are giving way to governance and subject matter expertise. In addition, Boards are getting much better at defining the role that each of their Directors has on the Board.

Association Board Operating Procedures

The trend in Board operating procedures reflects the move to stronger corporate governance and away from staff direction. There is more emphasis in Board meetings on risk clarity, risk mitigation, oversight of strategy execution and more discussions about staff performance management.

Overall, we’re seeing far greater similarity than ever before in corporate, not-for-profit and association Boards and governance. Getting clear on the role of the Board’s governance role – risks, strategy and performance management – is helping Boards deal more effectively with the many changes that are occurring in their industries.

Are you interested in your Association’s Governance Effectiveness?

We appreciate any Board who invests the time and caring to conduct a Board self-assessment. However, we have grown increasingly concerned by the number of Boards who conclude their governance efforts are effective – when they’re not. When this happens, we observe how Boards rapidly turn away from taking any further action to improve governance effectiveness.

Using surveys, interviews and audits, we bring objectivity and governance expertise to assessing how well Association Boards are fulfilling their governance role. We identify opportunities to improve Board structure, composition, nominating, leadership, operating processes, information and dynamics. You can find more information on the Boardroom Metrics governance assessment here, or get in touch by writing [email protected] / calling 416-994-6552.