Succession Planning Made Easier with a Board Portal
By Dustin McKissen, January 16, 2017
The start of a new year is a time to make resolutions.
You might want to join the gym and lose an extra 20 pounds,
be more organized, or finally learn to play the guitar.
Of course, if you’re like most of us, by February 1 (if not
sooner) you’ve gained another 5
pounds, are as disorganized as ever (evidenced by the fact that your Christmas
tree is still up, and you’re seriously wondering whether it’s socially
acceptable to just leave it up all year), and you are no closer to playing the guitar.
In fact, because of the weight gain, even your air guitar skills are atrophied.
That version of “Purple Rain” you used to do in your
If your kids saw you, they would say one word: fail.
It doesn’t need to be that way. You can make a New Year’s
resolution and stick to it.
You need to stick to it, if you don’t want to be an
out-of-shape former air guitar god with a Christmas tree in his living room in
And your organization needs to make resolutions and stick to
them, just like you do.
In 2017, one of those resolutions should be succession
We’ve heard for years that Baby Boomers will soon depart our
organizations, leaving leadership vacancies in their wake—and the pace of that
generational shift will only increase in 2017, a year in which the youngest
people born during the peak of the Baby Boom (1949-1957) will turn 60.
Baby Boomers still comprise a significant amount of board
and staff leadership in a wide variety of organizations. When the majority of
boomers occupying those positions are now 60 or older, it’s time to take the
call for succession planning seriously.
But succession planning isn’t just about finding the right
Succession planning is also about creating systems and using
tools to make sure there is continuity within the organization. As a former
nonprofit executive, I can tell you one of the hardest things to do is step
into a new organization in a leadership role and try to figure out why things are
the way they are.
Why was a specific program created? Why was it abolished?
Why was today’s bad decision yesterday’s good idea? Because boards rotate, and
people move in and out of staff positions, one of the first places a new
executive or board member should look for answers is in an organization’s
minutes. Even if the minutes just contain motions and votes, minutes give you a
sense of when decisions were made, and who was involved in making those
Minutes help document an organization’s history, and give
context to the present day.
That information is critical to a smooth transition when new
leaders join a board or become part of staff.
BoardPaq, the board portal of choice for many nonprofits,
trade associations, school districts, community banks, and other cost-conscious
organizations, is here to help make creating those minutes fast, easy—and
This New Year, make a resolution to take succession planning
demo with BoardPaq today.
(And when it comes to your personal New Year’s resolutions,
if you have to choose between losing weight and learning to play the guitar,
always choose the guitar. Guitar players are way cooler than skinny people.)