Curiosity drives much of the content on this podcast, and when Erik Hanberg’s book, The Little Book of Boards, showed up in my email, I felt compelled to buy it for several reasons. Of the six or seven boards I’ve served on, some have been boring experiences, others have been exceptional. I was curious if this book would have been valuable to me during my first board experience, which wasn’t great–it definitely would have been.
- Erik Hanberg’s deep background with nonprofits
- The way Erik honored his parents in the book
- Why is recruiting board members difficult?
- Erik’s book applies to for-profits
- Due diligence a prospective board member should conduct on a nonprofit
- Consent agendas
- Understanding bylaws
- Attending the first meeting
- Getting involved with the nonprofit outside the board meetings
- Erik’s stance on give it or get it
- The role of strategic planning
- Finance and compensation committees
- The most highlighted line in Erik’s book
- Mission statements
For a small (or very small) nonprofit, there may be nothing as important to its mission or overall success as the quality of its board.Erik Hanberg, The Little Book of Boards
- After reading Erik’s book, I took his free mini-course on how to join a nonprofit board of directors and finished it in about one hour. I recommend both the book and the course. Unlike many courses. the lessons are short, on point, and very well produced. There are numerous other resources at For Small Nonprofits.
- Due to lack of time, we did not discuss Erik’s fiction writing. You can check out his other titles on his personal website.
- LinkedIn profile
- Amazon author page