Tip #97 What Information Should a Board Focus On?

October 1, 2023  |  tips for effective boards

Before turning to some guidelines, it may be helpful to review the different kinds of information that a Board may focus on. Policy Governance®, I believe, may have a helpful categorization of such information. The

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Tip #96 How Can the Performance of Individual Board Members Be Assessed?

September 1, 2023  |  tips for effective boards

Some ideas for assessing the performance of individual board members follow: Each board member completes an annual self-evaluation of their performance that includes educational needs and shares this with the board

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Tip #95 How Can Boards Assess Their Own Performance?

August 1, 2023  |  tips for effective boards

Some ideas for boards assessing their own performance follow:   1.       Ongoing self-monitoring of board performance. A board can monitor its performance related to its board job description and any other

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Tip #94 Should Boards Follow Robert's Rules of Order?

July 1, 2023

  Let’s begin by talking briefly about the origin of Robert’s Rules of Order. Robert’s Rules of Order, a manual of parliamentary procedure, was developed by U. S. Army officer Henry Martyn Robert and was first

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Tip #93 How Many Board Policies Should a Board of Directors Have?

June 1, 2023  |  tips for effective boards

In my consulting work with boards of directors, I have worked with boards that have few to no board policies and with boards that have over 400 board policies. Imagine being on a board with over 400 policies. Can you be

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Tip #92 Determine Your Organization's "Why," Its Purpose

May 1, 2023  |  tips for effective boards

Having a clear understanding of your organization’s purpose or why it exists is critical to your organization’s success. And, without an understanding of what constitutes your organization’s success, how can you

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Tip #91 How to Use a Consent Agenda?

April 1, 2023  |  tips for effective boards

A consent agenda is a board meeting mechanism designed to achieve efficient use of board meeting time. Significant amounts of time can be saved for more important matters. A consent agenda is a section of the board

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Tip #90 What's the Board's Role regarding Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Justice?

March 1, 2023  |  tips for effective boards

Let’s begin with very brief descriptions of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Justice.   Equity: People have equal access to the services and benefits offered by organizations.   Diversity: People are respected

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