Blog Entries - 2017

Special Tip: A Holiday Gift - Servant Leadership

December 20, 2017  |  tips for effective boards

As a special holiday gift, I would like to share some information about a powerful and inspiring concept that I have become immersed in over the last several months.  It’s the concept of Servant Leadership,

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Tip #27 Policy Governance(R): All or Nothing???

December 1, 2017  |  tips for effective boards

Do Boards have to implement the whole Policy Governance® system as a total system or not implement it at all?  Well, Yes and No.  It is true that a board will not derive the full benefits of the Policy

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Tip #26 An Easy to Use Tool for Effective Boardroom Discussions

November 1, 2017  |  tips for effective boards

For this Tip for Effective Boards I would like to share excerpts from an article by Athens Kolias, with her permission.  Athens is a friend and colleague from San Francisco, California who consults on project

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Tip #25 The Key to Effective Boardroom Discussions Is....

October 1, 2017  |  tips for effective boards

The key to effective boardroom discussions and good boardroom decisions is the engagement of all board members in focusing on and attending to group process issues. What do I mean by group process issues. 

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Tip #24 Should Your CEO Be A Member Of Your Board?

September 1, 2017  |  tips for effective boards

The practice of CEOs serving as members of their boards is somewhat common among nonprofits and even more common among for-profit companies.  In a survey of over 800 non-profit organizations conducted by

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Tip #23 All Boards Should Watch Out For These

August 1, 2017  |  tips for effective boards

All boards should watch out for the unintended negative impacts that our organizations may have on other organizations and on our communities. Recently I attended an exciting international governance conference in a

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Tip #22 What's the #1 Cause of Board Member Underperformance

July 1, 2017  |  tips for effective boards

A common problem behind many instances of individual board member underperformance according to the authors of a popular governance book is a problem of purpose.  (Richard P. Chait and others.  Governance as

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Tip #21 How to Engage with Your Organization's Key Stakeholders/Owners

June 1, 2017  |  tips for effective boards

In our last two Tips for Effective Boards, we defined an organization’s key stakeholders or owners as those people on whose behalf the board governs and to whom it is accountable and provided some guidance for

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