Boards of Directors

The Playground Bully Grows Up

I’ve been bullied three times in my life, and as anyone who has ever been bullied can tell you, that’s about three times too many. Luckily for me, each of these bullies entered my life when I was adult. They were professionals, on-the-job bullies. And the last one did the damage just recently. I don’t…

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Reimagining Your Board Meetings

To make your gatherings more effective and engaging, first look at the real reasons boards meet. Leaders everywhere seem to be asking the question, “How do we make our board meetings more effective and more engaging?” To answer that question, I think you have to first look at the real reasons that boards meet. To…

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Embracing our New (Virtual) Reality

I saw an interview recently in which author, American diplomat and former State Department official Richard Haas observed that the COVID-19 pandemic is not so much a turning point for our society, but an accelerant.  His comments alluded to the idea that trends only just beginning to emerge before the pandemic, have been “fast-tracked” and…

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A Hero For All

There’s nothing like meeting your hero. For some, that might equate to a football player or a musician or maybe a politician — a well-known celebrity type, whose mere physical presence is immediately recognized by all. For a governance geek like me, heroes are fewer and farther in between. But they do exist and when…

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Effective Communications in the Board Room

A great number of the governance challenges that we come across in the work that our firm undertakes with credit unions can be boiled down to matters of communications. Are your board members crossing over into day-to-day operations? Well…have their roles and responsibilities been clearly defined, updated and effectively communicated to them? Are there two…

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Good Governance: The Origin Of Civility

Be sure to disagree in an agreeable way. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the word civility. And unless you live under a rock, you can likely understand why . Frankly there’s a significant lack of it in the public sector. It concerns me, and my guess is that it concerns you, no matter…

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