How The Board Is Structured And How It Works Together Help Accomplish Goals

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My goal for the first part of the interview was to find out how the board is structured and how it works together to accomplish goals. I learned that the board currently has 16 members, one less than usual because they have left an open space to be filled by one of the three prospects they have been hoping to recruit over the last year. Their bylaws allow them to make such strategic adjustments, if necessary. According to readings and lectures from class, a 16-member board is average sized; however, my interview with Roger suggests that other boards are significantly larger, at least the ones that he has served on in the health and welfare sector. Additionally, a board of 16 can feel very small when many of the members do not have…show more content…
Roger talked about the struggle of getting things done and meeting challenges when very few members are able to dedicate a significant amount of time to the organization. It was clear from our conversation that much of the board’s work falls onto his shoulders, although he never complained about this. Finding the right people at the right time seems to be one of the most difficult and important tasks the board must accomplish. In order to overcome this challenge, successful boards must make sure that they are thinking about recruitment at all times instead of only dealing with it the week before the nominating committee is supposed to meet. Roger emphasized throughout the interview just how important it is to be constantly looking for good people who can fulfill a need on the board at the right moment. He often attends local Propeller Club meetings so that he can search for maritime professionals who might be a good fit for the board and hopefully start cultivating them. This, according to Roger, is particularly difficult to do when a person has just retired. A retired individual’s current connection to the industry and sudden increase in free time makes them excellent candidates for board membership and can often be “snapped up” by other organizations if you do not get in touch with them first. The other major challenge Roger described was
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