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​​​​​​​This course is also available online.​​​​​​​

Overview

All organizations, groups, and teams have a culture – weak, strong, positive, negative, or somewhere in between. Boards of directors are no exception. Effective boards follow logical rules when making decisions while ideally maintaining a collaborative atmosphere, but they are also affected by their cultures - the set of norms and values ingrained in the local boardroom. Some boardroom cultures promote effectiveness, but others skew toward complacency or conflict and this can lead to the board’s inability to discuss, deliberate, and weigh the potential outcomes of its decisions. This course helps directors gain an awareness of their board’s culture, helps them understand how cultural factors affect the board, and how the culture can be strengthened to produce better results.​

​KEY TOPICS
  • How boardroom cultures develop and how they impact the board's effectiveness.
  • Case studies in boardroom conflict and boardroom. complacency and what directors can do to limit threats and risks of​ a counterproductive culture.

  • ​How boards deal with risk, conflict and difficult decisions​.

WHERE TO TAKE THIS COURSE

NRECA offers the opportunity to take this course several times each year at the following events:

NOTE: Please check each event's schedule to see what courses are being offered.

ON-SITE TRAINING

Additionally, these courses can be delivered on-site at your co-op, statewide or G&T. Learn more about our on-site training opportunities.


DIRECTOR COMPETENCIES COVERED IN THIS COURSE

Protocol and Practices

  • Engages in activities that support the board in determining its own priorities and information needs.

Board Accountability

  • Monitors board operations and takes responsibility for board actions and results.

Risk Management and Oversight

  • Forecasts and evaluates a variety of risks and identifies strategies to avoid or mitigate their impact.

Cooperative Principles and Practices

  • Demonstrates an appreciation of the cooperative buisness model and a commitment to cooperative values.

Member Focus

  • Focuses on the needs of members.

Interpersonal Communications

  • Listens, relates and expresses oneself in a manner that is effective while supporting mutual understanding.

Self- Awareness /Continual Learning

  • Demonstrates an ongoing commitment to learning and self-improvement.

Flexibility

  • Remains open to new ideas, information, and approaches.

Builds Relationships and Influences Others

  • Creates and fosters constructive working relationships; Persuades others towards an outcome consistent with the organization’s goals.

Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

  • Manages and resolves conflicts and disagreements in a constructive manner.

Diversity and Inclusion

  • Leverages the talents of each person and promotes cultural awareness among board members.

Integrity and Courage

  • Makes decisions and acts consistently with values, professional standards, and the broader interests of the cooperative.
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NRECA – 1 credit
CEU – 0.6 credits

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