Some level of orientation for board members is both necessary and important, but so is knowing your audience. Getting clear on the capabilities of your team and team members will save time and reduce dissatisfaction. Thoroughly review board member applications and resumes when undergoing the recruitment process, and allow sufficient time for an exchange of ideas during board meetings and retreats. Directors are there to help, not be treated like brain dead zombies.
--From "How to Avoid the Pitfalls of Nonprofit Hell"