The Invisible Yellow Line

The key to a healthy grant-funded organization is a harmonious governing body-staff relationship, but that is often easier said than achieved.  During this workshop, you will learn how to apply an easy process to clarify the roles of the governing body and staff to help ensure a more productive governance-management relationship.

If you have ever watched a football game on television, you will be familiar with the yellow line that is visible to viewers but invisible to the players on the field.  Using the “invisible yellow line” metaphor, nationally recognized consultant and trainer Jean Block will guide you through clarifying roles in governance, management, finance, planning, human resources, resource development, and recruitment.  Even if you are not a football fan, you will see how using this approach can stimulate open and honest communication about roles that will lead to big wins for both the governing body and management staff “teams,” and your mission will be better served.

By participating in this session, you will learn about board and staff roles in governance, including the important duties of care, loyalty, and honesty. In addition, you will learn about governing body and staff roles in finance and fiduciary oversight, human resources, and resource development. The workshop will also discuss governing body and staff involvement in planning and how planning is the roadmap to success for your organization. After attending this session, you will be able to identify and distinguish governance and management roles and responsibilities.

This session is recommended for all attendees affiliated with nonprofit organizations.  The experience level is basic.  There are no prerequisites for attendance, and prior preparation is not required but encouraged.  Attendees can earn up to 2.0 hours of CPE credit in the field of specialized knowledge (nonprofits and government).

Management & Governance