The 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.
NEXT START DATE: JULY 4, 2022
"Ken does an amazing job of making the fundamentals of board service easy to understand and approachable. I appreciate the focus that Better Boards. Better Communities. puts on building up boards that can provide real visionary and strategic leadership, rather than duplicating staff effort to everyone's frustration. This is a great start for any newly elected or appointed board member."
-Christopher Girodat, Executive Director
Capilano Students' Union
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
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.
Completed Better Boards Better Communities, The Board Member 101 course. It should have a subtitle of Become a Better Facilitator, Better Consultant, Better Librarian and Information Professional. As many sessions, readings, and work that I've done about boards and with boards, this course, developed and led by Ken Haycock is the best. Thanks, Ken - I'm always so grateful to learn from you.
- Rebecca Jones, Managing Partner
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, Executive Director
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