Yesterday I was a guest attending a board meeting of an important organization that has more challenges and opportunities than hours in the day. After a presentation to the board by some concerned people the board committees were to report on their activity over the last 60 days.
Not a single committee had anything to report. This coming on the heels of a strategic plan that outlines goals and steps needed to reach those goals. One committee gave the excuse of “We couldn’t coordinate schedules of the (three) participants.” I wanted to holler “Bullsh*t” but I was there as a guest. It was obviously not a priority to them to not be able to find an hour in a six week time period.
We are in a new century, so let’s stop doing things like it’s the last century and use our time for action not words. Board meetings of the new century are about coming together to exchange information about actions that have transpired over the last 60 days, not banter about issues and what if’s.
Make sure your volunteers get a heads up that they are not just volunteering for meetings and free meals.
Set your volunteers expectations of activity beyond the meetings, of passionate involvement in the goals and objectives set, and let them know you are looking for people willing to get things done, not just talk over coffee around a board table. Make sure they know these are board meetings not bored meetings.
Volunteers should be expected to get with the program or get with moving on. This is how you make things happen in the new economy.