“As a volunteer working board, we rarely get the opportunity to take a step back and reflect. The discussion around this assessment allowed us to talk openly and create important and intentional action steps that will help us manage our relationships, both internally and externally, more effectively.”
HDSA San Diego Chapter
Board retreat offers development opportunities.
Huntington's Disease Society of America's mission is to end one of life's cruelest illnesses. Huntington's disease is a genetically caused brain disorder that systematically robs people of their ability to walk, talk, eat, and think. Eventually, people with Huntington's disease become completely dependent upon others. There is no effective treatment or cure. HDSA offers hope. The award-winning San Diego chapter supports affected individuals and their families, raises public awareness, and funds research toward a cure.
HDSA board members are drawn from a talented pool of corporate executives from diverse industries. As with all nonprofit boards, the board members' time together is limited, and their responsibilities to the organization are significant. When they gather for annual strategic planning or monthly operations, it's critical that the board members operate as a high-performing executive team. In conjunction with their annual strategic planning session, they sought to identify opportunities for improving how they operate together and with the community at large.
A TalentSmart certified facilitator and executive coach worked with board members to take the Emotional Intelligence Appraisal—Team EQ Edition as prework before their session. They did not see the results before the session. Combined with introducing what team emotional intelligence requires, the numeric results and written comments were reviewed and discussed for opportunities to hone how the board members work together. Board members quickly spotted their strengths and understood where to do things differently. The 28 items plus 2 open-ended questions offered robust insights from the comments, saved the board members' time, and pointed them toward the heart of what they needed to know without taking up the entire board meeting.