Category Archive: Tip

Feb 21

Should an organization’s Executive Director or CEO serve as a voting member of the board of directors?

We need to distinguish between having the ED/CEO attend all board meetings and being a voting member. We always recommend that the ED/CEO attend all meetings as she or he has the essential information for making optimal board decisions. However, we maintain that it is a conflict of interest to have the ED/CEO having to …

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Feb 04

What’s the Most Important Role of the Board Chair?

“I agree with Sir Adrian Cadbury, author of two outstanding books on chairing boards, that the most important role of the chair of a board is to guide the board to the best decisions it can make. Not just decisions based on compromise or quid pro quo, but decisions based on (1) a clear understanding …

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Oct 21

Boardroom Focus

Boardroom Focus: one of the best benefits a board of directors can provide to an organization is focusing on the most cost-effective products and services that the organization can offer. Too often management will head off in many divergent directions, responding to every opportunity, and overextend the organization’s service and delivery capacity. Boards can help …

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