It all starts with governance — your board of directors. Exceptional organizations have exceptional boards who understand their crucial role in…
linking bold visions and ambitious plans
to financial support, expertise and networks of influence.
How to get there?
Share the 12 Principles of Great Governance* and thoughtfully assess where and how your board and your organization can improve its work. (*BoardSource)
We can facilitate the conversation that delves into the 12 principles, help you identify areas for focused improvement and guide you through a strategic improvement process.
Exceptional boards govern in constructive partnership with the chief executive, recognizing that the effectiveness of the board and chief executive are interdependent.
Exceptional boards shape and uphold the mission, articulate a compelling vision, and ensure the congruence between decisions and core values.
Exceptional boards allocate time to what matters most and continuously engage in strategic thinking to hone the organization’s direction.
CULTURE OF INQUIRY
Exceptional boards institutionalize a culture of inquiry, mutual respect, and constructive debate that leads to sound and shared decision making.
Exceptional boards are independent minded. When making decisions, board members put the interests of the organization above all else.
ETHOS OF TRANSPARENCY
Exceptional boards promote an ethos of transparency by ensuring that donors, stakeholders, and interested members of the public have access to appropriate and accurate information regarding finances, operations, and results.
COMPLIANCE WITH INTEGRITY
Exceptional boards promote strong ethical values and disciplined compliance by establishing appropriate mechanisms for active oversight.
Exceptional boards link bold visions and ambitious plans to financial support, expertise, and networks of influence.
Exceptional boards are results‐oriented. They measure the organization’s advancement towards mission and evaluate the performance of major programs and services.
INTENTIONAL BOARD PRACTICES
Exceptional boards intentionally structure themselves to fulfill essential governance duties and to support organizational priorities.
Exceptional boards embrace the qualities of a continuous learning organization, evaluating their own performances and assessing the value they add to the organization.
Exceptional boards energize themselves through planned turnover, thoughtful recruitment, and inclusiveness.