Blog Entries - tag: 'Tips for effective boards'

Tip #50 How to Manage Board Disagreements Proactively and Constructively

Posted on: November 1, 2019
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In this Tip for Effective Boards, we’ll continue our discussion of the 4th P for Building Your Board Team: Manage Your Board Group Process Effectively and we’ll focus on tips for managing board disagreements proactively and

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Tip #49 Additional Tips to Encourage Creative Thinking in Your Board Meetings

Posted on: October 1, 2019
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In this Tips for Effective Boards, we continue our discussion of tips to encourage creative thinking.  We’ll focus first on two techniques:  5 Whys and Mind Mapping and then conclude with a few other ideas.  5 Whys.  This technique

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Tip #48 How to Encourage Creative Thinking in Your Board Meetings

Posted on: September 1, 2019
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In this Tip for Effective Boards, we’ll focus on two techniques:  brainstorming and catalytic questions.  But first let’s begin with a few basic guidelines.  Consider at least occasionally meeting in a more casual retreat setting or

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Tip #47 How to Get Everyone Engaged in Your Board Meetings

Posted on: August 1, 2019
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In boards of all sizes, it is important to give special attention to involving all board members in board discussions.  This becomes especially important in larger boards.  As boards increase in size there is a tendency for individual board members

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Tip #46 Manage Your Board Group Process Effectively: The Fourth "P" for Building Your Board Team

Posted on: July 1, 2019
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We have identified 4 P’s for Building Your Board Team:  Purpose, People, Plan and Process.  After covering the first 3 P’s in our last three Tips for Effective Boards, we now turn to the fourth P:   Manage Your Board Group

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Tip #45 Plan for Board Team Effectiveness: The Third "P" for Building Your Board Team

Posted on: June 1, 2019
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We have identified 4 P’s for Building Your Board Team:  Purpose, People, Plan and Process.  After covering the first 2 P’s in our last two Tips for Effective Boards, we now turn to the third P:   Plan and Organize for Board

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Tip #44 Focus on People (Your Board Team Members): The Second "P" for Building Your Board Team

Posted on: May 1, 2019
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We have identified 4 P’s for Building Your Board Team:  Purpose, People, Plan and Process.  In our last Tip for Effective Boards we focused on the first P:  Be Driven by Purpose.  In this Tip for Effective Boards we turn to the

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Tip #43 Be Driven by Purpose: The First "P" for Building Your Board Team

Posted on: April 1, 2019
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In our last Tip for Effective Boards, we identified 4 P’s for Building Your Board Team:  Purpose, People, Plan and Process. The first of the 4 P’s, Be Driven by Purpose, involves the following: Be clear about your organization’s

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Tip #42 What Are the 4 P's for Building Your Board Team?

Posted on: March 1, 2019
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The 4 P’s for building your board team are:  Purpose, People, Plan, and Process. Purpose:  Be clear about and driven by purpose.  Set your organization’s purpose.  Identify what benefits or results your organization is to

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Tip #41 Deal Effectively with Troublesome Board Member Behavior

Posted on: February 1, 2019
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In the last Tip for Effective Boards we identified some common types of troublesome board member behaviors and provided some suggestions for preventing these behaviors from occurring.  In this Tip for Effective Boards, our focus will be on dealing

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Tip #40 Address Troublesome Board Member Behaviors

Posted on: January 1, 2019
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Obviously, the best way to address troublesome board member behaviors is to prevent these behaviors from occurring in the first place.  In this email message we will first identify some common troublesome board member behaviors and then provide some

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Tip #39 Establish Ground Rules for Effective Board Meetings

Posted on: December 1, 2018
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Tip #15 Board Self-Assessment Tool

Posted on: December 1, 2016
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Tip #3 Board Policy Focused on Organizational Results

Posted on: December 1, 2015
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While Mission and Vision Statements can be quite useful for organizations, they generally don’t involve descriptions of results to be achieved by an organization.  Mission Statements typically define the activities or services that the organization

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Tip #2 Consider Using a Consent Agenda

Posted on: November 1, 2015
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The primary reason for using a consent agenda is to free up the board’s time to deal with more important or strategic issues.  A consent agenda is a section of the board meeting agenda that typically includes straightforward non-controversial or

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Tip #1 The Group Authority of the Board

Posted on: October 1, 2015
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When I was a CEO reporting to a Board of Directors making a transition to Policy Governance®, the principle of group authority (also called Board Holism) was the principle that impacted me as CEO most immediately and most dramatically in a very positive

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Policy Governance® is the registered service mark of Dr. John Carver. Registration is only to ensure accurate description of the model rather than for financial gain. The model is available free to all with no royalties or license fees for its use. The authoritative website for Policy Governance is www.carvergovernance.com.