or LinkedIn here uk.linkedin.com/pub/tony-smith-bsc-hons-acih/a/979/351/
Iggy Pop, certainly one of my fave artists. He's doing those SwiftCover ads now (insurance for non-musicians only of course), but would he ever join a board? I am on the board of a local community library, and it does (broadly) push my buttons. I like the difference it makes. If we can leave this world a tiny bit (or a wee bit, as my Scots friends would say), then we have lived a good life.
Its hard work being on the board of anything though, isn't it?
I have met so many people who participate in all kinds of things, many who have surprised me. Emma Maier, (who's editorial in Inside Housing I enjoy a lot), one of the latest. Anyone who participates in keeping a library open is a valued friend of mine.
So how do we keep the social housing (& other organisation) board members informed, connected and happy?
A neat trick that many of my clients have switched on to, is issuing board members with iPads or other tablets, with secure access to their systems. An APN can enable board members to have a secure Active Directory login, with an ability to view what they need. Generally that can be via SQL Reporting Services, Clearview or a similar reporting environment, shared drives, or if in use a MS Sharepoint environment. This also makes it easy to provide a dedicated email address too.
Board members feel valued when organisations take this approach and function better. There's less paper to generate & wade through too. Much better for the environment. even emailing PDF reports out to show data as easily understandable charts, with explanatory soundbites, will be gratefully received.
Individuals from a professional background may have minimal time to immerse themselves into deep detail. I find with my community library, I am an active board member, but cannot easily attend every meeting. If i could join the meeting easily via Skype, or other means that would be really convenient. If practical, that might work for certain boards too, maybe more easily done occasionally with just the odd board member joining remotely. If too many tried it, I guess its going to look more like a 1980's episode of 'Celebrity Squares'.
Board members often need training as well, which eases them into their role. This can be easily delivered on tablets via elearning environments. Marrying these up with all the collateral of being a board member can make a real difference. If you aren't combining elements like this, you are certainly missing a trick. What innovations have you shared with your #UKhousing board members?
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Iggy Pop - Bored.
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