The New Board Member 101
Your accelerated path to competence and confidence.
In this one month course you will move from feeling reticent and tentative to competent and confident, asking good questions and making great contributions. The course complements and reinforces your on-site orientation and opens new channels of communication and discussion.
Ken Haycock is a very capable, disciplined, organized Not-for-Profit Board Chair. He certainly knows the do’s and don’t’s of what not-for-profit board members should do…..and not do!
- Paul Tutsch
Past Chair, Kay Meek Centre for the Performing Arts Board
Past Chair, West Vancouver Memorial Library Board
Past President, British Columbia Library Trustees’ Association
Ken Haycock is the leader in trustee and board effectiveness. His championing of libraries as leaders and innovators within their communities has not only been refreshing, but it has been instrumental in reshaping the communal use of the institution itself. His analysis, experience, expertise and engaging style continue to win him the grateful fans he deserves wherever great inspiration in governance is sought.
- Larry Moore
former Executive Director
Ontario Library Association
Ken Haycock has served on dozens of not-for-profit and for-profit boards, both elected and appointed, small and large, in the arts, education, libraries, government and more. He has been a consultant and trainer to organizations and government across the continent, designing and devising orientation and training programs.
Dr. Haycock holds an MBA, MEd and AMLS in addition to a doctorate in leadership and management. He has been on the senior leadership teams of large school boards and multi-million-dollar associations as well as chairing small arts and association boards. Currently research professor at the University of Southern California, he is former director and professor emeritus at both San Jose State University and the University of British Columbia.
What You'll Learn
➔ The basics of boards – different models and types and their implications, role and responsibilities, relationships with the Chief Executive Officer or Executive Director.
➔ Your four core and unique tasks as a not-for-profit board.
➔ Your roles and responsibilities as a board member. The agreements you make. Basic Roberts Rules…
➔ Oversight your legal and financial policies and controls as well as effective metrics like Key Success Factors (KSFs) to move you closer to your mission.
➔ Ensuring sustainable resources through advocacy and influence.
➔ Moving forward. Next steps.
Sneak Peek Inside
Welcome and overview of the new board member’s checklist.
The Board’s Roles and Responsibilities.
Your Role and Responsibilities.
Advocacy and Influence. Moving Forward.
Ken’s work with boards is one-of-a-kind. With his vast experience in governance, education, management, business, and as both a board member and reporting to boards, he is uniquely positioned to guide boards through the rapidly evolving environment impacting the organizations they steward. I learned board governance from Ken that significantly shifted my perspective. He demonstrates in every board interaction what he taught me: that, as a guide to the board, his role is to keep them on track, alert them to dangerous terrain, and always headed in the right direction, and he does so with honesty, humour, a rich intellect and incredible knowledge.
- Rebecca Jones
Dysart & Jones
Dr. Haycock’s knowledge of board governance is without parallel as is his ability to help Boards focus on issues and take action. Our organization’s work with Ken led to a full governance review. This process and the documentation and practices that came from it created a clear path for best serving our membership, ensuring roles and responsibilities were clearly defined, and ensuring accountability. I would not hesitate to recommend Ken to any organization looking to improve how it functions.
- Michael Burris
Public Library InterLINK
You might be thinking . . .
"I already had an onsite orientation: why do I need another one?"
This program specifically reinforces and extends what you will have learned on-site. Expectation for onsite programs is laid out in the first week.
"My Chief Executive Officer or Executive Director provided a great orientation and is available as a resource."
Wonderful! This program was developed after consultation with dozens of Executive Directors and board members, individually and in focus groups. It is designed to fill in the critical gaps.
"It seems pretty pricey for an orientation."
Actually, the price is what Executive Directors told us would be reasonable even for a small board with a limited budget. This was important to us as most registrations will be paid by the organization.
"My concerns are more specific than a generic orientation."
We deal with the common elements for all boards and provide individual assistance in our community groups and through consultation with the course lead.
Ken has been fabulous to work for. In his role of Board Chair of the Kay Meek Theatre for the Performing Arts, he has been incredibly well organized, efficient in running our meetings, always focussing on the best interest of the theatre and its patrons. He has a very strong work ethic that has taken much of the burden of the rest of our Board. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to work with him over the last year.
- David Gouthro, CSP
The Consulting Edge
I would highly recommend Ken Haycock’s board governance workshops, and I have realized and observed positive change as a result. Drawing on his extensive board experience and knowledge, Ken’s presentations are exceptionally well organized, highly engaging and, most helpful, provide concrete strategies for developing a high performing board, specifically regarding roles and responsibilities and successful advocacy and influence. I have witnessed positive change as a result.
- Pilar Martinez, ICD.D.
Chief Executive Officer
Edmonton Public Library epl.ca
A clear and lofty mandate, and good intentions are important, but without effective governance practices, boards will inevitably fail. Dr. Ken Haycock provided training for both directors and administrative staff in one of my organizations and we were much improved as a result. We had shared benchmarks and understandings that brought cohesion to our board. Our understanding of the distinctive roles of directors and administrative staff improved organizational culture, morale and efficacy.
- Kit Krieger
Past President of the BC Teachers’ Federation
Former Registrar of the BC College of Teachers
Former Executive Director of the BC Principals’ and Vice-Principals’ Association