Blog Entries - 2018

Tip #39 Establish Ground Rules for Effective Board Meetings

Posted on: December 1, 2018
Tags: Tips for effective boards

Board meetings run more smoothly and produce better decisions when board members are clear about board meeting expectations and are committed to complying with these expectations.  Clear shared expectations prompt positive boardroom behaviors and make it

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Tip # 38 What Characteristics to Look for When Recruiting Board Members

Posted on: November 1, 2018
Tags: Tips for effective boards

John Carver, the developer of the Policy Governance® model, recommends that boards strive to recruit board members with the following characteristics:  “Are visionary, able to create alternate futures…. Are conceptual

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Tip #37 Not to Engage in Foresight: An Ethical Failure?

Posted on: October 1, 2018
Tags: Tips for effective boards

Boards are responsible for and are accountable for the wellbeing and performance of the organizations that they govern.  As our society and our communities evolve, as technologies develop, as needs and opportunities shift, it is the board’s

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Tip #36 Develop Successful Future Board Leaders

Posted on: September 1, 2018
Tags: Tips for effective boards

Begin by developing a board culture that supports the continued development of each and every board member and the board as a whole.  In addition to a strong new board member orientation program, make continuing education opportunities available for each

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Tip #35 Qualities of a Successful Board Chair

Posted on: August 1, 2018
Tags: Tips for effective boards

As we have said in the previous Tip for Effective Boards, the board chair is neither the boss of the chief executive nor the boss of the board.  The role of the board chair is to serve the board by ensuring effective and efficient board process in

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Tip #34 Is the Board Chair the Boss?

Posted on: July 1, 2018
Tags: Tips for effective boards

In the clarity of roles and relationships delineated in the Policy Governance® model, the board chair is neither the boss of the chief executive nor the boss of the board. With respect to the board chair and the chief executive, neither is the boss of

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Tip #33 Is Board Member Social Time Worthwhile?

Posted on: June 1, 2018
Tags: Tips for effective boards

Making time and creating opportunities for board member social time is indeed worthwhile.  Such social time helps to create and sustain a board culture in which board members feel accepted and comfortable in the group, a board culture in which board

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Tip #32 Is Board Cohesiveness Goor or Bad?

Posted on: May 1, 2018
Tags: Tips for effective boards

Group cohesiveness can be understood as group members feeling a sense of belonging and comfort in the group, feeling an emotional connection to other group members and to the group as a whole.  If group cohesiveness results in group members feeling

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Tip #31 Are Your Organization's Results Worth The Cost?

Posted on: April 1, 2018
Tags: Tips for effective boards

A major responsibility of a board of directors is to ensure that the results being produced by their organizations are worth the costs incurred to produce them.  A public or governmental board is entrusted by the residents of the district it serves to

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Tip #30 How Large Should Your Board Be?

Posted on: March 1, 2018
Tags: Tips for effective boards

While there’s no perfect size for all boards, we can say, in general, that a board needs to be large enough to include a range of perspectives in a diverse board membership and have enough board members to be able to complete its board work.  On

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Tip #29 Four Steps for Being an Accountable Board

Posted on: February 1, 2018
Tags: Tips for effective boards

The four steps for being an Accountable Board are: Identify your organization’s key stakeholders or owners. Engage in ongoing two-way communication with them. Incorporate what you learn into board discussions and decision-making. Report back to

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Tip #28 Three Steps to Being a Results-Driven Board

Posted on: January 1, 2018
Tags: Tips for effective boards

The three steps for becoming a Results-Driven Board are: Define your organizational purpose. Translate your organizational purpose into measureable indicators and achievement targets. Monitor organizational performance related to selected indicators and

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