Learning the Ropes A Look at Training New Board Members

Co-op and condo board members are generally volunteers who live in their building and give of their time and expertise to help make sure their home is well-run, and their investment protected. In a perfect world, new board members are architecture graduate students who moonlight as attorneys and work day jobs as CPAs. Indeed, many new board members are architects, engineers, lawyers, accountants, or successful businessmen and –women.

Some board members come to their position with professional experience that makes them at least familiar with how meetings are run, how confidentiality needs to be handled, and so forth, but many don't. Often new board members enter into their positions without knowing the full scope of the responsibilities they’ll be taking on.

Much of the onus of training a new board member, of course, falls squarely on the shoulders of the new board member. He or she is the one who must acquire the knowledge and skill to get the job done effectively. But it’s also incumbent upon the incumbents to help out. What new board members bring to the table, more than any job-specific skill, are enthusiasm and optimism. Veteran board members would do well in harnessing that energy to work for the betterment of the building community.

Let’s take a look at three things new board members and existing board members can do to help with training and orientation:

What New Board Members Can Do

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