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From Passive to Proactive: The One Question Rule

When it comes to approving the budget or other major business, it's important not to simply defer to the recommendation of a committee.

Here are three key points to consider when making decisions as a board.

Engage the Full Board

While it's tempting for the larger board to rely on the recommendation of a committee, doing so disengages the rest of the board from fully understanding the impact of their decision.

By actively participating in the discussion and asking questions, every board member can contribute to the governance of the organization and feel engaged in the decision-making process.

Foster Discussion

Even a small amount of discussion can make a significant difference.

By encouraging dialogue around the budget or other major business items, you create an environment that values diverse perspectives and allows for a thorough exploration of ideas.

This discussion enriches the decision-making process and ensures that all board members have the opportunity to voice their thoughts and concerns.

Expect and Support Questions

Some board members may hesitate to ask questions for various reasons.

However, by setting an expectation of at least one question before approving the budget or major business, you provide a supportive atmosphere that encourages board members to speak out.

Remember, every question is valuable and can lead to a deeper understanding and better-informed decisions.

So there you have it! Today's Quick Tip emphasized the importance of not approving the budget or major business without asking at least one question.

Engage the full board, foster discussion, and expect and support questions.

By embracing these practices, you'll strengthen the governance process and ensure the best outcomes for your arts and cultural organization.


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