What is your meaning of “nimble” at the boardroom table?

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Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, Jack jump over the candlestick, so runs the nursery rhyme.  Even today this phrase expresses a suggestion to be quick and agile.  Agile has many meanings, i.e. nimble, responsive, swift, lively… you get the drift, right?

One year ago the OREA Centre for leadership Development launched a “Nimble Decision Making” package consisting of three tutorials with accompanying DVDs.  The NDM package is designed to help boards of directors make progressive decisions in a timely fashion.  The good news is 35 real estate boards have requested the tutorial package. The bad news is! … Well there is no bad news, but we certainly hope that after your board has previewed the DVDs they will make more effective, timely decisions.

A survey was conducted recently on how decisions are made at board meetings.  Here is an example of the multiple choice questions and results:


How nimble is your board of directors in making decisions?

28%     “they’re great wannabes”

35%     “they’re a model board”

38%     “they’re not there yet”


How well does your board embrace the tough issues facing your industry by making decisions?

28%     “they’re great wannabes”

31%     “they’re a model board”

42%     “they’re not there yet”.


How often do individual behaviours impede decision-making at the board table?

10%     “during full moons”

14%     “once in a full moon”

20%     “every meeting”

55%     “some meetings”


Has your board adopted the NDM tutorials?  If the answer is yes, tell us what changes you witnessed in the decision-making process?

Was the Nimble Decision making process valuable for your Association?, that was the question asked of Michael McIntee, President of the REALTORS® Association of Grey Bruce Owen Sound.  His response: “absolutely and it happened at just the right time, following a full organizational review.  It seems our wheels have been greased and we are moving more smoothly and successfully on the rails towards better leadership, nimble decision-making and strategic thinking”.

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