Real Board Solutions: What We Do

By: Real Board  09-12-2011
Keywords: Strategic Planning, Profit Organization, Chief Executive

What We Do

For Elected Leaders

For Professional Leaders

For Organizations

The Board Chair of today's Non Profit Organization must wear many hats, but the greatest emphasis being on stewardship, as President's are elected for a term and are entrusted with both growing and protecting the organization.

You have a lot of titles and you wear a lot of hats. Chief Executive Officer, Chief Staff Officer, Managing Director, Secretary General, Executive Director - whatever your title the job is the same - you're in charge.

Strategic planning determines where an organization is going over the next year or more, how it's going to get there and how it'll know if it got there or not. The development of the strategic plan greatly helps to clarify the organization's plans and ensure that key leaders are all "on the same script".


The Board Chairperson of today's Non Profit Organization must wear many hats, but the greatest emphasis being on stewardship, as President's are elected for a term and are entrusted with both growing and protecting the organization. Successful Board Chairs develop the following capacities:

As the Board Chair(Chief Elected Officer) you carry the entire burden of your organization. And you're a volunteer, usually with a full time job, a career of your own, most likely a family and all the while trying to maintain some semblance of work-life balance. Real Board Solutions can provide confidential guidance on how to improve your "Presidential" skills.


You have a lot of titles and you wear a lot of hats. Chief Executive Officer, Chief Staff Officer, Managing Director, Secretary General, Executive Director - whatever your title the job is the same - you're in charge. You report to your Board, your members, your staff, your financiers, you're regulatory agencies, your peers, and your family. Not always in that order. You've decided to or thinking about a career where your masters are many and the compensation adequate, often equal to or exceeding what your friends make in the private sector. There are other intangible rewards as well, which is, in part, why you continue to work in the services sector.

RBS considers an assessment a personal action initiated by the Managing Director. The assessment is multifaceted and will involve formal written assessments, observations, situational analysis, role playing as well as standardized Industrial Psychological testing. The information gleaned is considered confidential between RSB and the MD and will be used to build the MD's coaching and mentoring program. Our methods reveal the true strengths and weaknesses of an MD, as well as the underlying drivers of their performance. This information sheds light on an individual's suitability for a given role, and on how that executive could best be developed and deployed. As a result, we often act as a catalyst to help leaders enhance or rethink their talent strategy.

Managing Director Evaluations are public to the extent that they may be shared with the Board Chair, Executive, or Board of Directors. Evaluations are carried out at the request of the Board, and may be joint ventures between the Managing Director and their employer. Many of the same techniques are used as in the Assessments; however the process tends to be more formal.

Fundamentally, you're the leader. The board relies on you for advice and guidance, your staff for organization products and programs and your stakeholders for timely engagement.

Real Board Solutions knows it's lonely at the top. No one really knows what you do, no one to really compare notes with, and no one to grab good ideas from. Real Board Solutions' convenes on a monthly basis a number of its current, former and future clients, all who have the role of being the Professional Leader in their organization.

Who is looking after your career? Real Board Solutions understands the nature of the industry and how changes in Board's, Elected Leaders, external events and timing can find Professional Leaders looking for new employment.

All great athletes are well coached as they understand that their native talent needs to be refined, nurtured and expressed in an appropriate manner.

Part of every successful Professional Leader is developing their industry or Organization credential set, or specific skill sets. Credentials, aren't necessarily about "what you know" as much as they are about "who you met" along the way and a clear demonstration that you are prepared to do the work to improve yourself in the formal part of your education.

From time to time Professional Leaders may want to review and enhance their individual knowledge and skill sets in the many faceted worlds of Organization Leadership & Management.


Our expertise can great assist you in this often overlooked aspect of Organization management. Strategic planning determines where an organization is going over the next year or more, how it's going to get there and how it'll know if it got there or not. The development of the strategic plan greatly helps to clarify the organization's plans and ensure that key leaders are all "on the same script". Far more important than the strategic plan document, is the strategic planning process itself.

It never hurts to have a second opinion.

Competency - Mission - Relationship is a strategic thinking methodology. It assesses an organization's Mission, reviews its current competencies and relationships and makes assessments and recommendations about achieving optimum performance.

Is your governance working? Are you using the correct governance model or perhaps one that is "out of date" or no longer relevant?

Real Board Solutions can provide a range of services that will ensure sound governance practices in your organization. We can help you achieve a high-performing Board through an affordable, effective and experienced approach that delivers improved productivity, better processes, increased capacity and enhanced communication for your Board.

Knowing the internal and external operational environments is vital to understanding the validity of your organizations role. This is often a ‘conceptual gap’ between the real and the perceived. What do your publics think you should be doing, what do they think you’re doing and how well do they think you’re doing it? All relevant questions if your organization is contemplating change of direction, a major project, campaign or other significant activity.

Too often service providers rely on their own ideas and enthusiasm to decide what their customers or clients really need and whether their products or services are truly fulfilling that need.

Our thoughtful director evaluation process protects directors from feeling they are being held under a microscope.

Our mantra while working in partnership with organizations and management is one of cooperative support. First and foremost we help evaluate management's thinking about what your programs are all about, the thinking surrounding management's goals and how to reach those goals.

We give experienced analysis to ensure your programs are carried out efficiently. We also offer analyses and interpretation of programs and offer suggestions of any areas that need refinement from either the senior management or board, perspectives.

Non dues revenue generation is the bane of all organizations; it's also the life blood. Determining how to leverage the organizations unique offerings to generate new revenue is an art form, and generally organizations generate more enthusiasm than profit for these ventures. Membership needs, competing time priorities and even competing with the membership for scarce resources can prove challenging.

Real Board Solutions has an extensive track record in helping Boards meet high-performance standards so they truly can move an organization towards stability, strength, sustainability and success.

The complexities of an executive search sometimes reveal an unexpected direction that a nonprofit must take to effectively fill its leadership needs. At Real Board Solutions we emphasize a complete partnership in this extremely important element of the success of your organization. Although each and every executive search assignment will be customized to the client's unique situation, we have developed a "best practices" approach to providing all clients with the executive search assistance that they need.

Our management control and cooperative coordination program includes a broad range of activities to ensure that Organization goals are consistently being met in an effective and efficient fashion.

In planning any orientation or training, one must consider the question, "What would someone need to know to feel comfortable and competent in carrying out this position?"

Keywords: Chief Executive, Coaching And Mentoring, Profit Organization, Strategic Planning

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