Is Your Board Micromanaging? Find Out! The Quiz

Is Your Nonprofit Board Micromanaging Find Out! The Quiz - KED (1)The Board Micromanaging Quiz

This quiz consists of fifteen yes-no questions. Check out the suggested answers by clicking on the words suggested answers in orange underneath the quiz. Share the Board Micromanaging Quiz with your staff and board to clarify roles at your nonprofit. Circle yes or no for your answers.  Print this by using the orange more button in just above Karen’s bio.

Board Meetings                                                                                                                   

1. A board member asks a question about a staff member’s responsibilities.  y/n
2. When the CEO is not present, the Board assigns an individual staff member at the meeting to complete a task.  y/n
3. The Board asks the CEO if staff can take on a committee task.  y/n
4. The Board tells the CEO how to fix an operation’s snafu.  y/n
5. The Board creates a policy to correct an operation’s snafu.  y/n


Committee Meetings

6. A member voices an opinion about the CEO’s decision on an operations issue and asks for a report at the next board meeting.   y/n
7. A member assigns a staff member to complete a committee task.  y/n
8. A member discovers an accounting process error and informs the CFO how to correct it.  y/n
9. A member discovers an accounting process error, informs the CFO how to correct it, and emails the board chair and CEO afterward to explain what happened.  y/n
10. Three board members decide they would like to discuss an HR policy at the next board meeting and ask the CEO to put it on the agenda.  y/n


Individual Encounters

11. Without asking if input would be helpful, the Board Chair shares a list of ideas on an internal challenge.  y/n
12. After confirming that the input is welcome, the Board Chair provides a list of ideas on an internal challenge. y/n
13. At a networking event, a board member asks a staff member (not the CEO) to send a link to the program background. y/n
14. At a networking event, a board member grills the staff member on why the staff runs a program the way it does, frowning at the answers the staff member shares. y/n
15. The Board Chair passes on three suggestions on how to supervise employees to the CEO developed during the CEO’s evaluation. y/n

Suggested Answers

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Karen Eber Davis

Karen Eber Davis Consulting guides executive directors and CEOs to generate the resources, boards, and support they need to make remarkable progress on their missions. As the award-winning thought-leader, advisor, and founding principal of Karen Eber Davis Consulting, Karen helps nonprofit leaders get answers, generate revenue, and grow their mission. Davis is known for her innovation and practicality based on her work with or visits to over 1,000 nonprofit organizations and her experience leading board and team events. She is the author of 7 Nonprofit Income Streams and Let's Raise Nonprofit Millions Together.