Creating a Strategic Thinking Board: 25 Tips in 45 Minutes

Published by Ohio Society of Association Executives and Mid-Atlantic Society of Association Executives


Have you ever wondered why your board members seem to take off their strategic thinking caps before entering the boardroom? This session will explore why boards aren’t strategic thinking entities and, more importantly, present 25 tangible ideas / practices to transition your board to a strategic thinking body. Participants will learn how everything from board selection to culture to board meeting management plays a role in creating a strategic thinking board.

Although one can’t teach a board to be strategic, experiential learning works! Starting with creating a strategy for change and change management principles, this session includes 25 practical tips for creating strategic thinking experiences for your board, through the introduction of generative thinking / governance, tools of inquiry and the three key components of strategy, as well as other good governance practices.

Please note that CAE exam and renewal applicants can only use a maximum of 50% of their application hours from self-study programs.

Robert Nelson
Robert Nelson, a Certified Association Executive, (CAE) and president of Nelson Strategic Consulting, brings over a quarter-century of successful executive leadership experience, working with Boards and high-powered CEOs in a not-for-profit setting. Nelson brings hands-on experience guiding and facilitating the development of strategic solutions to complex organizational and global grand challenges for national as well as international organizations. As a former association chief executive...More

Originally Published

June 10, 2015

Program Titles and Supporting Materials

This program contains the following components:

  • Creating a Strategic Thinking Board: 25 Tips in 45 Minutes - Video
  • Creating a Strategic Thinking Board: 25 Tips in 45 Minutes - Audio
  • Creating a Strategic Thinking Board: 25 Tips in 45 Minutes - Paper

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Join the self-paced program from your office, home, or hotel room using a computer and high speed internet connection. You may start and stop the program at your convenience, continue where you left off, and review supporting materials as often as you like. Please note: Internet Explorer is no longer a supported browser. We recommend using Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Safari for best results.

Technical Requirements

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If applicable, you may obtain credit in multiple jurisdictions simultaneously for this program (see pending/approved list below). If electing credit for this program, registrants in jurisdictions not listed below will receive a Certificate of Completion that may or may not meet credit requirements in other jurisdictions. Where applicable, credit will be only awarded to a paid registrant completing all the requirements of the program as determined by the selected accreditation authority.

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