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There’s a Better Way to Educate Your Board on their Role

Get Your Board “On Board” with Being a Better Boss

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Hi, I’m Mark Buzan

I am a 3 time Executive Director, President, and nonprofit board director who has helped numerous associations grow their revenues, memberships AND build productive board cultures that support their chief staff officer.

I’m going to share with you 3 secrets about a community and impact building movement for nonprofit board directors and how you can provide a unique opportunity, as a Chief Staff Officer, to better equip your board and as a result, have them become a better boss to YOU!

Secret #1

Secret #2

Secret #3

The first secret is, weekend retreats and facilitators alone won't get you 100% to where you want to be.

The big idea here is that the information is quickly forgotten and it’s expensive to maintain. This is important because the best way of learning is actually from your peers. Instead, why not just encourage them to learn from many other board members that have faced similar challenges and issues?

This way, they'll be able to check their ideas against what others like themselves have been through as well!

The second secret is while most board members trust their Chief Staff Officer, they are often unsure, as volunteers, of what's the right way to be a good boss for you.

The main thing to understand they are volunteers and are not in the job day to day like you are. While most trust their staff leadership, they would really prefer to feel as though they're fully equipped to come to their own conclusions.

This means the best leaders are actually the most INFORMED leaders. Most have a sneaking suspicion that they don’t feel they have all the tools, connections or enough of an independent sounding board to give the right amount of guidance to the Executive Director WITHOUT overstepping their bounds.

The third secret is that most board training speaks far over the heads of the average person who simply just wants to be part of something bigger than themselves.

Most board development training is dry, boring and often in language that's hard to understand.

This is key because training on a job that's often predicated around the rules of what YOU ARE NOT supposed to do, rather than the reasons that lead them to volunteer in the first place, is hardly inspirational. 

The result is that you get boards who are either in the weeds of your business OR ones who are disengaged.

Now, I know what you’re thinking...

It’s going to be really hard to get my board to agree to take training. I am pretty sure we have this covered off anyways..Well the tricky thing is that I've found that the number one reason why people step up to a board role is to be connected with others like themselves. This gives them that opportunity.


Learning ISN'T a one time affair! It's an ongoing process. This summit provides that!And so I’ve organized this three day event specifically designed to bring boards to their next level of performance where you can gently guide your board towards a higher understanding of their role and improve board engagement.

This allows you to properly train board members and give them access to resources and a community that deals with many challenges your board might face. They also can educate themselves about governance and learn about the top questions they should ask themselves before taking on a change.

If you purchase a block of tickets (or even just one for your board), and if they're/ you’re not happy or feel in anyway it wasn’t a useful exchange for your time, we’ll upgrade the whole of your board to a full membership in the Society of NonProfit Board Directors at a value of $495 …and that means access for every member of the board for a whole year! Now, depending on the size of your board, that can be worth thousands!

I honestly don’t know how much longer we’ll keep this one day event specifically designed to bring boards to their next level of performance. Prices will probably go up because we have a growing number of board directors from nonprofits around the world signing up for this conference. To make the most impact, we want to limit the number of registrants so that our experts can have one on one time with them.

We’re always here to help and I can’t tell you all the amazing results we’ve gotten for nonprofit and association leaders just like you who are struggling with getting boards to be more effective resources and leaders for Executive Directors and Chief Staff Officers. 

Here's what others board members have said about attending:

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