We all count on boards of directors to ensure: 1. Relevant results happen. 2. Bad things don’t happen. Simple, but it’s not easy if board members haven’t all shared the same educational experience around the role of board, and good governance principles. Usually everyone comes to the board table with very different ideas of what Continue reading →
Policy Governance boards hiring a new CEO must get a clear understanding from the outset about the candidates’ familiarity and experience with the Policy Governance system. Hiring a CEO who has provided the board with false assurances on this question could jeopardize not only all of the hard work and investment the board has put Continue reading →
A client recently shared with us that his organization has grown over 1200% in the past several years and this growth would not have been possible without Policy Governance. We’ve heard a similar refrain from many others, including board members and CEOs saying they would never again serve on or for a board that is Continue reading →
This article by Susan Mogensen was originally published in Board Leadership No. 131 Jan-Feb 2014, Wiley Periodicals Inc. Like electricity, accountability is something we always expect to be present, but don’t think about or appreciate much until it is suddenly gone. Along with good governance and transparency, public cries for greater accountability spike in volume Continue reading →
BOSTON, Jan. 18, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Boards of directors trying to recruit members who understand the governance role now have a new tool for their succession plan, the Board EXCELerator: Candidate Edition. “Candidates for election or appointment to a board of directors need to know what the governing job entails before they join the board,” explains Brown Continue reading →
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Now … is no time to shrink from the challenge of effective governance. Boards, especially duly constituted public boards, are literally under attack. At school board meetings, for example, elected board members have come under vicious verbal and even physical assault from activists over mask and vaccine mandates, as well as other issues of the day.
Good governance is not an impenetrable shield against externally driven illegal, boorish, or nefarious acts, but it very well might help boards keep their hands steady on the wheel as they make their way through rough and stormy waters.
When times are tough enough already, board governance should not be made any more complicated or difficult than it already is. Board members need to be engaged and effective; not burnt out or running for the hills. With increasing threats to democracy, the need for wise and skillful board members to hold steady the wheels of public, private, and nonprofit institutions is greater now than ever before.
The S.A.D. Governance Model has three rules: SELF-INTEREST: Don’t be accountable to anyone. When you join a board or governing body of any type, make it clear that you are there purely for your own interest, and not to be accountable to anyone else, especially not to legal/moral owners, citizens, members, shareholders, etc. AVOID ROLES Continue reading →
See also: Policy Governance Walk-Through: How to Write a Monitoring Report
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