Blog Entries - 2017

Special Tip: A Holiday Gift - Servant Leadership

Posted on: December 20, 2017
Tags: 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, an intentionally odd and somewhat jarring

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

Posted on: December 1, 2017
Tags: 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 Governance® system if it only

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

Posted on: November 1, 2017
Tags: 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 management and board governance

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

Posted on: October 1, 2017
Tags: 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.  Certainly board members need to be focused on

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

Posted on: September 1, 2017
Tags: 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 BoardSource (2015), 50% of responding

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Tip #23 All Boards Should Watch Out For These

Posted on: August 1, 2017
Tags: 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 great conference location - the annual

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

Posted on: July 1, 2017
Tags: 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 Leadership. New Jersey:  John Wiley

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

Posted on: June 1, 2017
Tags: 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 boards to identify their key stakeholders

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Tip #20 Identify Your Organization's Key Stakeholders/Owners

Posted on: May 1, 2017
Tags: Tips for effective boards

In our last Tip for Effective Boards, we defined key stakeholders or owners as those people on whose behalf the board governs and to whom it is accountable, those key people who provide legitimacy to a board’s authority and serve as the “source

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Tip #19 Identify and Communicate with your Organization's Key Stakeholders

Posted on: April 1, 2017
Tags: Tips for effective boards

A critical job of a board of directors is to identify and communicate with those key people on whose behalf the board governs and to whom it is accountable. Policy Governance® refers to those key people as owners.  Other terms used by governance

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Tip #18 Sharpen Your Board Focus with the Three V's

Posted on: March 1, 2017
Tags: Tips for effective boards

Does your board spend most of its meeting time and energy on the really important governance issues?  Unfortunately, many board members are unable to answer this question in the affirmative.  Recently I read a book entitled Principles of 21st

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Tip #17 Three Tips for Efficiently Managing Board Meeting Time

Posted on: February 1, 2017
Tags: Tips for effective boards

Board members’ time is valuable and available board meeting time very limited.  Hence, it’s critically important to manage board meeting time as efficiently as possible. For this purpose, I would like to share three

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Tip #16 Should the Board Trust the CEO

Posted on: January 1, 2017
Tags: Tips for effective boards

The simple answer:  Trust the CEO?  - Yes, ideally when you can, but verify regardless of trust. Yes, of course, trust can be quite valuable.  Trust grows as people share the “good” as well as the “not so good” and when

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