There is a reason that soldiers must undergo basic training before being issued weapons! The military understands better than anyone that you must break someone down first before building up a true team member who understands what is expected of him or her and the proper protocol to get there.
Several years ago I started thinking that a boot camp concept can be used to educate any group but it could be particularly appealing to teaching brand new board members as well as those grizzled veterans who think they know it all and usually don't. True there have always been legal seminars for board members and association managers but something about a "talking head" droning on from behind a podium is less than compelling. I had taken part in such seminars for far too long and if I could barely remember the course content I questioned how much the audience took away and remembered.
Frankly, there is something about being put through your paces that not only helps you remember but, hopefully, provides a little bit of entertainment as well. No reasonable person denies the value of educating board members especially since they make daily decisions that impact the people living in their communities and, at times, are exposed to liability if they get it wrong. Most board members I know are clamoring for educational opportunities that have real value and won't bore them to tears.
My law firm, Katzman Garfinkel Rosenbaum, and my group, the Community Advocacy Network (CAN) created a series called Board Member Boot Camp several years ago. We host these free educational events around the State. They say imitation is the purest form of flattery since recently other groups have tried to co-opt the name (we have it trademarked) but there is only one true Board Member Boot Camp!
Our next Boot Camp will be held on Saturday, February 20th from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Knights of Columbus Hall located at 600 Knights Road Hollywood, FL 33021.To register for this event, please visit www.boardmemberbootcamp.com. You can also view a brief video from our last Boot Camp which was held in Bonita Springs.
If you are a board member (newbie or veteran) come on out and let us put you through your paces!