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The OnTarget Board Member: 8 Indisputable Behaviors

And Now in its 5th Edition!!!

Do You Want to Be a Better Board Member?

Do you Want Your Board to Provide True Leadership?

Good. This book is for you!

With 15,000 copies sold worldwide!

Meet Joe Victor. Successful in his personal, professional and civic life. Sought after as an executive and as a board member. Seen as a paragon of accomplishment by friends, family and peers.

But it wasn't always this way. Midway through his career Joe had felt as if he was being bombarded from all sides. His job was demanding, his family was growing and the volunteer positions he had accepted were becoming overwhelming. He felt like he was spending lots of time at board meetings but not really getting anything worthwhile accomplished. Like so many of us, Joe was ready to "throw in the towel", resign his board positions and seek success elsewhere.

Fortunately Joe's wife, Patricia, saw his distress and introduced him to Natalie Benson. In turn Natalie convinced Joe to seek the OnTarget way.

Join Joe as he shares his journey of discovery and accomplishment, and learn the 8 Indisputable Behaviors that distinguish high achieving board members from all the rest. Attend a board meeting and see how the behaviors transform any board - non-profit, for-profit or civic, into a high performance team.

Told in an engaging and compelling story fashion, and examined through the eyes of Ivan John, a reporter for the Sunday News, Joe's recipe for excellence - the 8 Indisputable Behaviors - are brought to life.

The 8 Indisputable Behaviors

1 act on behalf, 2 Know their job, 3 set targets, 4 identify the risks, 5 delegate the work, 6 assess performance, 7 practice discipline, 8 report back

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Board Administration Handbook

Currently being updated based on new legislation: not available at this time.

The authors:

Catherine M Raso (President of CMR Governance Consulting) and Anna C. Naud of Mason Bennett Johncox Professional Corporation ( a lawyer specializing in non-profit sector governance.

This Handbook has been written as a guide for Boards of Directors of non-profit organizations. Our goal is to help Boards understand the governance documents that apply to their corporations by law or best practice. This Handbook also is designed to help Boards understand how to run effective and efficient board meetings.

Sample of Contents:

1. The Players in a Non-Profit Corporation (Who are the key players and what are their roles and responsibilities?)

  • Members
  • Directors
  • Officers
  • Senior Staff Person (CEO or Executive Director)
  • Programs and Services
  • Clients

2. Key Governance Documents of a Non-Profit Corporation

  • Corporate Records and Accounting Records
  • Meeting Minutes
  • Requirements according to legislation

3. Meeting Processes

  • Annual general meetings of the members
  • Notices of annual general meetings
  • Special meetings of the members
  • Directors' meetings (board meetings)
  • Agendas
  • In-camera meetings
  • Minutes of in-camera meetings
  • Attendance logs
  • Making motions in meetings

Includes samples of relevant documents, such as: board meeting minutes, board meeting agendas, board calendars and confidentiality agreement.

"I just finished the book. I will be referring back to the book and the notes I made during our discussion in the last meeting. I will also be using the behaviours in my work as a Chair of the Parents Council as well."

— Board Member, TESL Ontario

"I have received many good comments on your book. Mostly how easy it is to understand and that board members are finally getting Policy Governance which is a good thing."

— Board Member, Canadian Curling Association

"Your book landed in my office on a morning when I had a two hour meeting cancelled, so I had time to start skimming it. Before I knew it, I'd read the whole thing! It is a very well written and to the point synopsis of great board governance, and I know I will use what I learned to good advantage."

— City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer, City of Mississauga

"I read the On Target Board Member last night and had to send this note. What a great book! I personally have served on many boards for non-profits and often quit in sheer frustration with the way the meetings were run. I hate to say that one of my greatest contributions was getting a Board to sunset itself so we didn't ever have to meet again!—If the County Commissioners are able to figure out the difference between customers and owners and spend their time and energy appropriately—then you will have done a great service to our community."

— City Commissioner, Texas


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