Blog Entries - 2016

Tip #15 Board Self-Assessment Tool

Posted on: December 1, 2016
Tags: Tips for effective boards

An important governance practice for boards committed to ongoing board performance improvement is a periodic comprehensive board self-assessment.  Governance experts recommend such an assessment about every two to four years. 

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Tip #14 Recognize Positive Performance of the Chief Executive and Take Corrective Action When Indicated

Posted on: November 1, 2016
Tags: Tips for effective boards

In our last Tip for Effective Boards, we focused on the sixth principle for effective board delegation to management:  track and evaluate the performance of the chief executive in relation to the board’s stated expectations.  In this

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Tip #13 Track and Evaluate the Performance of the Chief Executive in relation to the Board's Stated Expectations

Posted on: October 1, 2016
Tags: Tips for effective boards

Assuming that the board has clearly stated its expectations for the performance of the chief executive (effective delegation principle 3), has clearly delineated the scope of authority and discretion being delegated to the chief executive (principle 4) and

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Tip #12 Empower the Chief Executive to Make Decisions within the Defined Delegated Scope of Authority

Posted on: September 1, 2016
Tags: Tips for effective boards

In the last four Tips for Effective Boards, we focused on the first four principles for effective board delegation to management:  1) be clear about the recipient of this delegation, 2) be clear about the source of this delegation (that is, the board

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Tip #11 Clearly Delineate the Scope of Authority and Discretion Being Delegated to the Chief Executive

Posted on: August 1, 2016
Tags: Tips for effective boards

In the last three Tips for Effective Boards, we focused on the first three principles for effective board delegation to management:  1) be clear about the recipient of this delegation, 2) be clear about the source of this delegation (that is, the board

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Tip #10 Clearly State the Board's Expectations for the Performance of the Chief Executive

Posted on: July 1, 2016
Tags: Tips for effective boards

In the last two Tips for Effective Boards, we focused on the first two principles for effective board delegation to management:  1) be clear about the recipient of this delegation and 2) be clear about the source of this delegation (that is, the board

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Tip #9 Embrace the "Group Authority" of the Board

Posted on: June 1, 2016
Tags: Tips for effective boards

In our last Tip for Effective Boards, we focused on the first principle for effective board delegation to management – being clear about the recipient of this delegation. We now turn to the second principle for effective board delegation to management

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Tip #8 Be Clear About the Recipient of Board Delegation to Management

Posted on: May 1, 2016
Tags: Tips for effective boards

The first principle for effective board delegation to management is that there be clarity regarding the recipient of board delegation.  If your organization has a chief executive, that is, a top management person with overall responsibility for

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Tip #7 Seven Principles for Effective Board Delegation to Management

Posted on: April 1, 2016
Tags: Tips for effective boards

Effective board delegation to management is critical for developing and maintaining a constructive relationship between board and management, for responsible board leadership, and for effective organizational management. Without effective delegation to

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Tip #6 Develop and Maintain a Board of Directors' Policy Manual

Posted on: March 1, 2016
Tags: Tips for effective boards

For many boards, board meeting minutes and perhaps organizational operations policies serve as the primary documentation of board decisions expressing the values of the board.  Yet, such a collection is by no means an effective or efficient user-friendly

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Tip #5 Three Ideas for Efficient Use of Board Committees

Posted on: February 1, 2016
Tags: Tips for effective boards

Boards can often enhance their efficiency as a result of a thorough review of their board committee structure and functioning.  Three specific suggestions follow: 1.   Reduce redundancy.  Look to see if the same issues are being

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Tip #4 Clarify Roles of the Board and the Executive

Posted on: January 1, 2016
Tags: Tips for effective boards

It seems to me that much of the inefficiency and discord experienced by boards of directors and their CEOs is grounded in the lack of clear differentiation between the roles of the board and the CEO.  When roles are unclear we see boards micromanaging

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