HANDS-ON, DYNAMIC EVENT!
Our experts will present 12 information-packed Sessions designed to help you fulfill your role as a board/council member more effectively.
DAY ONE: WELCOME AND SESSION ONE:
Strategic planning is an ongoing process that requires an organization or department to assess its goals and determine how it will allocate resources - both financial and human - to reach those goals. In this session, you'll learn how to lead your team or organization in the strategic planning process for business continuity and recovery. You'll walk through the steps in the planning process and learn how to articulate your mission, vision and goals.
- Starting the process
- Writing the mission statement, vision statement and goals
- Doing a SWOT analysis and using it in your strategic planning
DAY ONE: SESSION TWO:
TAMING THE UNRULY (VIRTUAL) MEETING
Tension and conflict in meetings can be exciting and energizing, but it can also hurt the team's progress and morale. This can especially be apparent in virtual meetings. How do you keep it under control and restore order? This session will explore the techniques.
- Types of conflict
- Spotting and reducing sources of conflict
- Benefitting from conflict
DAY ONE: SESSION THREE:
CREATING HEALTHY BOARD DYNAMICS
Trust, accountability, candor and respect for open dissent. High-functioning boards and councils foster all these dynamics and more. We’ll take a look at 15 questions you can ask to assess the health of your board or council’s dynamics, and explore ways to take your board to the next level.
- Building trust within the board/council and with key staff
- How to self-assess your board or council
- Team-building strategies
DAY ONE: SESSION FOUR:
Well-crafted bylaws will help eliminate confusion and encourage consistency in the how your board or council operates. Whether you’re creating bylaws for the first time or revising your current by-laws, discover how just about anyone can write effective bylaws by following a simple outline!
- Researching and writing bylaws that accomplish what you want
- Adopting the bylaws
- Next steps: distributing, using, reviewing and updating
DAY TWO: SESSION ONE:
SETTING YOURSELF UP TO SUCCEED ON THE BOARD OR COUNCIL
Learn how to increase your personal effectiveness as a board or council member while limiting your stress. We’ll discuss your rights and responsibilities as a board member, review strategies for setting and meeting your own goals, and provide you with tips for steering the board away from common mistakes that suck time, energy and productivity.
- Setting and meeting your own goals
- How understanding the board or council’s role will keep you focused and productive
- Time management and stress reduction tools
DAY TWO: SESSION TWO:
FOUR SECRETS OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL BOARDS AND COUNCILS
The best boards and councils ensure success by focusing on 4 key areas: board development, board management, decision-making and organizational culture. In this insightful session, we’ll give you practical tips and tricks for excelling in each of these 4 areas.
- Productive meetings that get more accomplished in less time
- Diagnosing and overcoming dysfunctional organizational culture
- Different tactics for making decisions
DAY TWO: SESSION THREE:
WORKING WITH FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS
Whether you’re partnering with a state government on an economic improvement initiative or consulting with a federal agency on how to reflect tribal interests in a proposed policy, you want to get the most out of your relationships with state, federal and local governments. We’ll walk you through what the Council needs to know to establish and maintain productive relations.
- How to effectively advocate your position with a local, state or federal agency
- Why the Government-to-Government relationship matters and how you can benefit from it
- Using interest-based negotiation tactics
DAY TWO: SESSION FOUR:
SETTING GOALS FOR THE BOARD OR COUNCIL
The board or council needs to set specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and timely goals — both short-term and long-term — to achieve the tribe’s vision. But planning and following through on goals can be hard when there’s board turnover, or when economic or social conditions of the tribe are in flux. We’ll take a look at the ingredients for successfully setting and following through on goals, even though times of change.
- What makes for a good goal
- How to mitigate the impact of leadership change on goal achievement
- Planning ahead when you aren’t sure what the future holds
DAY THREE: SESSION ONE:
ROBERT'S RULES OF ORDER FOR THE VIRTUAL AND IN-PERSON MEETING
A keen knowledge of parliamentary procedures or Robert’s Rules of Order provides you with the tools to conduct productive meetings and accomplish your goals. This session will give you an overview of parliamentary procedures – what they are, why they are important and when and how to use them to ensure that your next meeting runs smoothly and productively.
- Most commonly used motions including tips for virtual meetings
- Principles of parliamentary law
- Using Robert's Rules of Order to increase your board's leadership impact
DAY THREE: SESSION TWO:
IMPROVING BOARD/COUNCIL-STAFF RELATIONS
A well-functioning organization depends on the relationships between the board or council and the staff. But too often tension and misunderstandings abound. In this unique session, we’ll hear from both board/council members and management staff on the most frustrating issues each has with the other. You’ll learn how the dynamics play out from the other side’s perspective, and then we’ll discuss strategies for addressing these issues and preventing them from reoccurring. We’ll look at whistleblower policies and other channels to handle serious complaints or concerns regarding mismanagement or malfeasance at the executive level and go over guidelines for clarifying board-staff contact.
- Pros and cons of various models for board-staff interactions
- Case studies for board-staff interactions
- Social media and board-staff relations
DAY THREE: SESSION THREE:
ETHICS IN TRIBAL GOVERNANCE
A sound code of ethics can guide you and your board or council in times of crisis and through difficult decisions. This engaging and thought-provoking session will help you develop practical standards that take cultural and legal issues into consideration.
- Diagnostic checklist for board ethics
- Incorporating traditional values
- Avoiding conflicts of interest and ethical violations
DAY THREE: SESSION FOUR:
FINANCIAL CONCEPTS FOR BOARDS AND COUNCILS
We’ll explain in plain language the most important finance-related terms and concepts for tribal board or council member and show you how they fit into the big picture.
- Essential grants and contracts vocabulary
- Budgeting and accounting basics
- Which questions board and council members should know to ask
Topics subject to change.