I’ve seen and heard about boards of directors that, when faced with adversity, veered away from rather than towards the system they had in place — Policy Governance — to address the problem.
I’m reminded of the scene at the end of the Wizard of Oz when Glinda, the Good Witch, tells Dorothy that she had always had the power to click her heels together to go home. Similarly, Policy Governance boards have immense power and practical tools that they should remember to apply.
Yes, the job of being a board member is difficult, and that will always be the case. But when boards have clear policies in place, are monitoring the accomplishment of those policies, and using the whole set of principles that Policy Governance provides, they should be able to identify and resolve problems much more expeditiously than boards that are not so well-equipped.