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1. CEO and staff are empowered to do their jobs with confidence and creativity. For traditional boards, typically the CEO/staff make plans and decisions which they must present to the board for approval. Direction from the board is often unclear, incomplete, contradictory, or amounts to well-intentioned mircromanaging. Confusion frequently results when staff cannot distinguish between Continue reading →
Belief # 1: Boards exist to oversee management. Instead, consider: Boards exist to lead on behalf of owners. Belief #2: We improve governance by solving existing problems. Instead, consider: Governance excellence demands a holistic, systemic approach. Belief # 3: We need more of a certain type of person/identifiable group on boards. Instead, consider: All board Continue reading →
BoardSource just released its Nonprofit Governance Index 2010 which contains interesting data collected from surveys of hundreds of nonprofit executives and board members. One finding highlighted by BoardSource is widespread dissatisfaction from those surveyed regarding the degree of racial, ethnic and age diversity on nonprofit boards. My concern here is that people might think that Continue reading →