The Little Book of Boards

  • by Erik Hanberg
  • Narrated by Erik Hanberg
  • 5 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Are you new to a board and have no idea what's expected of you? Do you know what a board's six key responsibilities are? Do you know what your relationship with the Executive Director should be? If not, this book is for you.
So many board members - especially of small nonprofits - want to support a nonprofit and readily accept the invitation to join the board. It's only then that they discover they are in over their heads, with no idea of their expectations and responsibilities. The Little Book of Boards is here to throw that drowning board member a rope.
Told with a conversational style, this book will lead you through the basics of being on a board, how meetings work, and what's expected between meetings. In addition, at the back of the book are several in-depth resources for understanding Roberts Rules of Order, bylaws, committee structures, board leadership, and much more. Perfect for any new board member - or for an entire board that is feeling lost - this book and its common sense approach will serve you every year you are on the board.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

If you only get one, this is it

Where does The Little Book of Boards rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Absolutely great. I will take away lots of information from this book.


What was one of the most memorable moments of The Little Book of Boards?

The ideas around what a nonprofit board's most important contributions are.


Which character – as performed by Erik Hanberg – was your favorite?

Not applicable.


If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

It is nonfiction so not applicable.


Any additional comments?

Just starting board service, or a longtime board member, doesn't matter. You will learn the basics right here. Lots of ideas about governance, working through difficulties, etc. Can't recommend enough.

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- S. Taylor

Basic but for a new board member may help.

What could Erik Hanberg have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Tough subject to really make "enjoyable". The appendix on diversity felt preachy and was followed by how to attract wealthy members. Could have been addressed very simply without all the social justice and accompanying PC chatter.

Stick to finding the best board members for your organization and its mission, judge them by content of their character not the color of their skin (or gender or sex orientation or wealth, etc), their likely chemistry with your board, competence and capacity to contribute.


Any additional comments?

The author tackled writing this book so good on him. For a new board member every little bit to help them succeed is good. The fact that someone would buy this on their own is a good sign they will contribute to the mission.

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- Paul R Berger

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-12-2015
  • Publisher: Erik Hanberg