Before You Say Yes ... A Guide to the Pleasures and Pitfalls of Volunteer Boards Paperback – Mar 15 2010
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Before You Say Yes ... has so much great advice and tips, even though it is a short and easy-to-read book. The book is useful whether you serve on your homeowner's association board, a nonprofit board, your church board, or a business and professionally oriented board. You'll learn board etiquette and responsibilities, about Robert's Rules of Order, how to deal with difficult people, and what a gift board membership can be to you personally and professionally ... Her book is clearly a quick and effective reference for all interested readers.(Five Stars)(About.com)
This slim volume is practical, direct, and a sensible reference for those either considering a paid position, or a volunteer board position. (BCLocalNews.com)
Doreen Pendgracs has sat on various boards of directors for the past twenty-five years. During that time, she has gleaned valuable information that she shares in an easy-to-understand, conversational style for novices and seasoned members alike. Whether you're asked to sit on a trade union board, a non-profit board for a community group or church, a business-focused board of an association or chamber of commerce, or the board of a charitable organization, Before You Say Yes … gives you the inside scoop on what questions to ask and what you need to do before you take the plunge.
Ms. Pendgracs leads the reader through the intricacies of management style, board etiquette and responsibilities, Robert's Rules of Order, directors' and officers' insurance, and financial obligations and compensation. You'll also discover what happens in the case of a lawsuit or how to implement a disaster plan, how to welcome new board members and deal with difficult people, and what benefits board membership can bring to your personal life and career.
About the Author
Doreen Pendgracs has been a freelance writer, photographer, and public speaker since 1993 when she left corporate life to embark on a new career - as her own boss. She has co-authored two other books: Frommer's Newfoundland & Labrador and the Manitoba Book of Everything. Pendgracs has written dozens of articles for websites and numerous periodicals. She lives in Matlock, Manitoba.
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Top Customer Reviews
This book is a quick read and must read for anyone considering joining a volunteer board or having to deal with a board of directors responsible for decision making in the non-profit sector. Doreen's vast knowledge is well illustrated in this book, as she shares a lifetime of experience as a volunteer board member and valued contributor to several non-profit associations. The book clearly identifies challenges faced by individual board volunteers, executive members and working staff within a given organization. The reader is able to evaluate how they might best contribute as a volunteer and learns how they might function as part of a team, comparing challenges faced by many organizations. The information helps the reader to understand board structure while providing useful guidelines that will help individuals and board members function to the best of their ability for the benefit of the organization.
Dawn Boshcoff, VP Marketing
Past President, PWAC Toronto Chapter
Professional Writers Association of Canada
Doreen Pendgracs' central message is important: If you're serious about contributing to an organization (for free!), then take the process of committing to that organization as a board member as seriously as you would consider taking on a job. It's about matching your skills and objectives with the organization's needs and it's about making sure that you mesh with the organization's culture. Too often, we join a board because our skills match their needs, but we forget to consider whether (or not) we'll 'fit' with the culture and the obligations inherent in board membership.
The structure of the book is reader friendly: Each chapter opens with a brief recap of the previous chapter and a short overview of the current chapter. This keeps the content clear in the reader's mind and makes it really easy to dip into the book here and there yet sill know exactly how the current chapter is framed. That's intelligent planning on the author's part.
The text is broken up with numerous useful graphic elements ' checklists, tables, charts, etc., which make the layout very inviting. Pendgracs has included lots of references and resources for further reading and research ' very helpful for those of us who can get lost on today's overloaded information highway!Read more ›
Using insight from past and present members of boards - who share their ideas, challenges and tips - helps the reader understand the complexities involved in sitting on any Board. Topics like dealing with diverse personalities, Board etiquette, using technology for Board work and succession planning are just a few of the numerous and valuable components discussed in this book.
Any organization with a Board of Directors should ensure that their incoming Board members be given a copy of this book as an orientation and reference tool.
Most recent customer reviews
Here's a small book that's easy to purchase and hand out to new or potential board members of your organization. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Helen Hook
For anyone who is currently on a board, thinking about joining a board, or just curious about people who do say "yes," this book is incredibly useful. Read morePublished on Jan. 17 2012 by Michael OReilly
An easy read and very helpful for anyone asked to join a volunteer Board or a good review for anyone presently sitting on one.Published on Dec 21 2010 by M. Little
Doreen's book offers a comprehensive look at what it means to join and serve on a board - including finding a board that's right for you, board etiquette, and preparing for... Read morePublished on June 27 2010 by Jaclyn
This book is useful for not only potential directors of a not-for-profit board, but also current ones - and the staff members who operate the same organizations. Read morePublished on May 3 2010 by Bruce W.
This is a highly readable book with valuable advice and information useful for new and seasoned non profit board members. Read morePublished on April 8 2010 by Gregory P. Cohane
If you have recently joined a volunteer board - or are thinking of joining one - and are uncertain about what to expect and what is expected of you, this handy, well-structured... Read morePublished on March 28 2010 by Virginia Heffernan
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