We recently brought in a facilitator for a retreat with our board of trustees. He shared with them best practices for a board, one of which was to remember that the board should be diligent about crossing the line into managerial responsibilities.
His guideline for appropriate board actions: “Noses in, fingers out!”
Translated this means that the board has the authority to bring any issue to the agenda, but needs to delegate the operational aspects of an issue.
It’s a good mantra for boards of all kinds, and even some words of wisdom for supervisors once a project has been assigned.
Keep up the interest without meddling and everyone will be better (and happier!) for it.
Thanks to Zeddie Bowen