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Look here for information and the latest techniques to develop your board or committee. The purpose is to help those who work or serve on nonprofit boards of directors or committees.

~ December 2005 ~ Topics

How to Avoid Micromanaging Staff

Last month we talked about what causes boards to micromanage. This month let's talk about ways to avoid micromanaging.

The following procedure can help:
The board determines the policies within which staff members should operate
The Executive Director recruits staff he/she believes has the background to do a job successfully
The Executive Director delegates to staff members the achievement of the board-determined ends expected for their position
The staff member plans how to do the job
The staff member may meet regularly with its relevant board committee (finance, fund raising, program, etc.) and solicits input and advice from it
The committee chair (who is a board member) presents to the board any policy questions and major decisions concerning the responsibilities of the committee
The staff meets regularly with the Executive Director who keeps abreast of their progress and makes necessary corrections
The Executive Director reports to the board on over-all progress or may have individual staff members report
The board evaluates the work of the Executive Director which includes his/her ability to manage staff effectively

Other good sources for information on nonprofits, boards and committees:

Jeanne Bradner can be reached at Jeannebrad@aol.com.

See our online bookstore for Jeanne Bradner's book on boards: The Board Member’s Guide: A Beneficial Bestiary and Leading Volunteers for Results: Building Communities Today, and Passionate Volunteerism.
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Jeanne H. Bradner

Jeanne H. Bradner is an author, consultant, trainer and speaker on volunteerism, board development and leadership. She is the author of three publications, The Board Member's Guide, A Beneficial Bestiary and Leading Volunteers for Results: Building Communities Today and Passionate Volunteerism. She served as director of the Illinois Governor's Office of Voluntary Action, Midwest Regional Director of ACTION, and Executive Director of the Illinois Commission on Community Service. She is the volunteer program specialist for Illinois' Harper College Volunteer Management curriculum.

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