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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.
If your board or organization is asked about why it uses Policy Governance, here are five main benefits to share. Results: Policy Governance focuses boards on ensuring that the organization achieves relevant results. Applying Policy Governance principles lets boards connect all the dots from owner input to board policy to policy interpretation to evidence of Continue reading →
What is at the heart of Policy Governance®? Policy Governance is a set of ten principles that enables boards to lead organizations accountably and effectively on behalf of a moral or legal ownership. These principles help boards to organize and to clarify all expectations of the CEO1, board committees, and board members, and to make Continue reading →
Is your board fighting a losing game? Just as Lucy and Ethel struggle to keep up with wrapping the chocolates in this classic I Love Lucy scene, boards of directors can also find themselves fighting a losing game when operational activities, plans, budgets and decisions come at them faster than can be properly handled. A Continue reading →
I love board governance. There, I said it, and I am not apologizing, either. I once heard a newscaster ask a newly elected political candidate, “And, I hate to use this word since it really causes people’s eyes to glaze over, but what plans do you have for governance” — he winces — “for the Continue reading →
Have you ever: Wondered why smart people frequently get stuck in group dysfunction? Been frustrated by a micromanaging board of directors? Served on a “working” board of directors, where operational and governance roles were combined? Questioned how time was used at a board meeting? Wished that accountability didn’t have to come at the expense of Continue reading →
Use the Ultimate Troubleshooting Guide For All Boards of Directors to navigate your way out of any issue or challenge that comes before your board. Two main elements are key: (1) having a comprehensive and relevant set of board policies that appropriately reflect the board’s and owners’ values; and (2) monitoring to ensure the policies Continue reading →
The Governance Problem: How it Started A look at the root of the governance problem today, in response to a Jan. 24, 2013 Globe and Mail article about Bob Monks by Janet McFarland, “Storming the boardroom: Sound, fury and little else.” (Report on Business section, page B8). Opinions, ideas expressed in this video were formed and influenced Continue reading →
If your board is not yet using the Policy Governance(R) system, January is a great time of year to consider whether or not you’re ready to take your governance capacity to the next level. While there are myriad benefits to using Policy Governance (short video here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-oZiybuIh4), to truly know whether or not your board is ready Continue reading →