Even Superman had his Kryptonite. A perfectly well-functioning superhero can be reduced to a puddle with just a quick flash of a mineral. Chamber boards are no different. There’s likely something out there that can take your amazing board and reduce it to a bunch of argumentative adversaries. Knowing what that weakness is can help you identify it early and ensure it never affects decisions and relationships.
Most Common Issues with Chamber Boards
Which one of these is your chamber board most likely to suffer from? Keep an eye out for:
- Clique-ishness. Good relationships are important but a clique on your board can undermine your efforts to get things done and innovate.
- Disrespect. Your board members needn’t like each other but they must respect one another. If they don’t, it’s a bullet train to bad things happening.
- Lack of accountability. Hold your board accountable in an equal way. For instance, if you have attendance requirements that you apply to some people and not to others, your board members will quickly tire of this.
- Misunderstanding. If expectations are not clearly conveyed in the beginning you’ll have all sorts of problems. For instance, if one board member doesn’t know all that’s expected of them and then they are placed in charge of mentoring or on-boarding a new member, guess what will happen? You now have two board members missing critical information.
- Unwillingness to embrace tech. True, a very valuable board member doesn’t necessarily have to be a techie. But just because they don’t understand technology doesn’t mean they don’t understand the value behind it. Any board member who tries to block all technology or tells you that your members aren’t using social media, may not be going in the same direction you are.
- Self-serving mission. Some people want to be on the chamber board because it “looks good.” This is serious work and it’s not all easy. If you have board members who are participating solely for what it will do for them, you must deal with that quickly. There’s too much work at stake.