Skills Based Boards

How do you figure out what KSA’s (knowledge, skills and attitudes) are needed on your board?  

Start with your strategic plan: is it really strategic or is it really more of the same going forward?  It is unlikely that the world will remain the same over 5 years and is guaranteed to change radically over ten.  Your organizational strategic plan must anticipate, encompass and respond to those changes.  If your plan is not truly strategic, that is the KSA’s you need on the board now: real visionaries disciplined by rigorous assessment and responsive planning.

If your strategic plan is good, the next challenge is positioning for success within the environment.  The needed KSAs on the board will be those with strategic connections to present and future membership, clients, sponsors, funders, competitors and other stakeholders.

If you have a truly strategic plan and it is being implemented, the needed board KSA’s are evaluative.  They must set and monitor the array of success criteria while adjusting outcome measurements to pick up both intended and unintended results.  Less than anticipated success must be responded to efficiently with effective tactical adjustments.

Do you know where your organization is in this cycle?

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