Each week, you and your staff interact with the board in dozens of ways. When is the board member representing the board? When are they volunteering as individuals? Whenever they are meeting in a quorum, they transform into your board. You will follow their collective directions. When they are not in a quorum, they are acting as individuals, i.e., volunteers.
Look back over your last dozen interactions. What role did each board member take?
To extinguish micromanaging, establish clarity about your board members’ authority in these two distinct situations. As part of their onboarding or during a meeting, review their roles. They will seek the logic of staff needing one set of guidelines, not half a dozen or more. (After all, too many cooks spoil the broth.) Ask them for advice, “How would you like to be reminded when they forget they’re acting without their other board members?
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