April 25, 2023

Is Your Board Micromanaging? Find Out! The Quiz

Here’s the Board Micromanaging Quiz.

This quiz consists of fifteen yes-no questions. Check out the suggested answers by clicking the answers in orange underneath the quiz. Circle yes or no for your answers. And, share the Board Micromanaging Quiz with your staff and board to clarify roles at your nonprofit.

Board Meetings                                                                                                                   

1. A board member asks about a staff member’s responsibilities.  y/n
2. When the CEO steps out of the room, the Board assigns a staff member in the room to complete a task.  y/n
3. The Board asks the CEO if staff can take on a committee assignment.  y/n
4. The Board tells the CEO how to fix an operation snafu.  y/n
5. The Board creates a policy to correct an operation 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. The Chair shares ideas on an internal challenge without asking if input would be helpful.  y/n
12. After confirming that the input is welcome, the Chair provides ideas on an internal challenge.  y/n
13. A board member asks a staff member to send program information to a new contact at a networking event.  y/n
14. At a networking event, a board member grills a staff member on why the nonprofit runs a program the way it does. He frowns at the answers.   y/n
15. The Board Chair passes on three employee supervision recommendations developed during the CEO’s evaluation.  y/n


No matter the score, how can you reduce board micromanaging and increase governance? Talk more about the difference and explore the gray area. For more, read How Can You Stop Your Board from Micromanaging?

Need more help with your board? Karen is available for a mini-consult or more. Click here to email or here to set a time to chat.

Karen Eber Davis

Karen Eber Davis provides customized advising and coaching around nonprofit strategy and board development. People leaders hire her to bring clarity to sticky situations, break through barriers that seem insurmountable, and align people for better futures. She is the author of 7 Nonprofit Income Streams and Let's Raise Nonprofit Millions Together.


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