On Thursday, March 19th, twenty-four board members joined Common Good Vermont at Key Bank in Burlington for the launch of "Boards That Work." We spent 90 minutes networking over lunch, listening to a presentation, and sharing board experience.
I represented Benchmarks for a Better Vermont as the speaker, and presented "The Three Questions Every Board Member Should Be Asking."
A ten minute exercise in performance grid creation focused on a mock board initiative to "increase the diversity of our board." I was struck by how quickly the conversation turned from performance measure creation to unearthing underlying assumptions about why a board would strive to increase diversity. Is it to better represent client demographics n board leadership? To diverify funding streams? To increase dissent and the number of perspectives? To begin developing young leaders?
The rich discussion reminded me that the strength of RBA is not in a completed worksheet or our answers to questions, but rather in the conversations that are ignited by undertaking the process. At its best, RBA creates the space for honest discussion and deeper alignment in our organizations and communities.