YALSA Board Meeting Guidelines
Context: YALSA Bylaws, Article IV, Sec. 1: The administration of the affairs of YALSA shall be vested in a Board of Directors.
Implications: The Board sets policy; it does not carry out policy. The Board establishes goals, objectives and anticipated outcomes. SMART objectives produce success (Specific, Measurable, Active, Relevant, Timed). The Board sets a budget to enable goal/objective attainments. The Board monitors policy implementation and achievement of goals/objectives.
- We will arrive on time and honor stated finishing times.
- We will direct requests for agenda items to the President, who will set the agenda in consultation with the Executive Director and the Executive Committee.
- We will arrive informed and prepared, or so inform the chair before the beginning of the meeting.
- We will take the initiative to ask questions and pose solutions.
- We will make no assumption of motivation of "hidden agenda" on the part of a colleague.
- We will address questions to the chair of the board meeting who may direct the question to another board or staff member.
- We will focus on intended outcomes rather than specific details of achievement.
- We will not engage in undue "wordsmithing."
- We acknowledge the responsibility, and accountability to us, of the Executive Committee and Executive Director for policy implementation and goal attainment.
- We direct the chair of the board meeting to conclude each item with a consensus statement and intended action for confirmation.
- We affirm that the association should be focused, fast, flexible, and friendly. We will model those behaviors.
- Silence is consent.
- We will discuss ideas and issues without taking things personally.
- We will respond promptly to all correspondence, including e-mail.
Adopted by the YALSA Board of Directors - 1/29/99