The Board Vector: A New Board Assessment Toolkit

May 19, 2011 2:00 PM ET

Alice Korngold's Blog

If an organization and its board are not moving forward through innovation to meet changing needs in the world around us, then the organization is at risk of losing its way and its impact.

Based on my work in consulting to boards of directors, I've developed a new toolkit--The Board Vector--for boards to assess where they are and where they need to be in order to develop and sustain vibrant, high-achieving organizations. The toolkit builds on board assessment materials provided in my book, Leveraging Good Will: Strengthening Nonprofits by Engaging Businesses. This week, I"ll be presenting The Board Vector toolkit at the Omidyar Network Executive Forum, which you can read about in my earlier post this week.   Two key factors distinguish The Board Vector approach:
  1. The assessment toolkit focuses on the board's capacity in relation to the organization's capacity. To highlight the interplay between the board and organization, it includes an exciting approach to visually charting and understanding that relationship.

  2. The toolkit enables CEOs and boards to identify key elements required to transition a board to achieve the organization's greater vision.


For continuation, see here on Fast Company...   Korngold Consulting LLC assists corporations in building fully integrated, high-impact CSR strategies, including leadership development through nonprofit board service.  Korngold Consulting trains and places business executives on nonprofit boards, and consults to nonprofit boards and leaders to strengthen governance for financial and strategic success.