Tip #60 Who is the Boss of the CEO?

September 1, 2020  |  tips for effective boards

In our last two Tips for Effective Boards, we discussed the first two of the Ten Principles of the Policy Governance® model of board operations.  We now turn to the third Policy Governance® principle, the

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Tip #80 What's an Annual Board Agenda Plan and How Can It Be Helpful?

May 1, 2022  |  tips for effective boards

Once it is recognized that the board’s job of governing the organization is different from the CEO’s job of managing the organization, an annual board agenda plan becomes an effective means for the board to

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Tip #79 How Can Boards Deal Effectively with Sensitive Politicized Issues?

April 1, 2022  |  tips for effective boards

Recently many organizations have had to deal with contentious COVID-related issues such as vaccine and mask policies for employees and/or customers and policies regarding employees working at the office and/or out of

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Tip #78 Should the CEO Seek Advice from the Board?

March 1, 2022  |  tips for effective boards

A CEO seeking and/or receiving advice from the board can be a tricky matter. When someone in authority communicates with someone over whom they have authority it can be difficult to distinguish between advice (which can

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Tip #77 What Are the Legal Duties of Individual Board Members?

February 1, 2022  |  tips for effective boards

While the articulation of the legal duties of individual members of public/governmental and non-profit boards may vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, such articulations usually include a version of the following

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Tip #76 Should Boards Limit Board Member Terms?

January 1, 2022  |  tips for effective boards

  In dealing with the issue of how long board members should be allowed to serve on the board, it is important to strive for a balance between retaining experienced board members while having a steady flow of new

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Tip #75 What's the Board's Role in Strategic Planning?

December 1, 2021  |  tips for effective boards

  In this Tip for Effective Boards, I would like to share how the Carver Policy Governance® model sees the role of the board in strategic planning. I am hopeful that boards not currently practicing this model may

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Tip #74 How to Use Board Committees Productively

November 1, 2021  |  tips for effective boards

The following principles of the Policy Governance® model can provide insights relevant to a board’s use of committees. I believe boards not currently practicing the Policy Governance model may find them relevant as

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Tip #73 Sample Board Policy on Servant-Leadership

October 1, 2021  |  tips for effective boards

If your board has decided to embrace servant-leadership, you may find it helpful to officially adopt a board policy on servant-leadership, perhaps something like the following sample policy.     Board

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