Board Error #4: Focus on the Horizon Not Your Shoelaces

Corporate Doom Flag #4 is a board focusing too close in time. If a board is making policy decisions that affect events as they are occurring, they are managing from crisis to crisis. Indeed they are not managing at all; they are reacting. There are very few choices left in crisis situations and no time to prepare alternatives or to consider implications properly. The organization is allowing someone else to call the shots and shape the destiny of the organization.

Boards fall into this behaviour if they are allowed to confuse board work (policy setting) with staff work (implementing those policies toward defined end goals). This distinction must be constantly made and enforced by both the elected and staff leadership. Many boards drift into operational work (the shoelaces) because it is easier than the hard work involved in charting a long term course for the organization. Adequately defining that organizational horizon requires a different set of KSAs on the board and usually some specialized consultant assistance.

Board level questions are: What should we become? Who should we serve? What will define success for the organization in five years? In ten years? Clear answers to these questions are required in order to set proximate concrete goals and organize resources to move the organization to that preferred future. The degree and sustainability of member and staff motivation will be directly related to their enthusiasm to achieve that preferred future.

Agreement on a preferred future will enable courageous choices at the board level and support from the members. Get those board eyes up off their shoelaces!

Post a comment.
(Not registered? Register now.)
Your Email *
Your Password *
Your Name *
Choose a Password *
Enter it Again *
Comments *
  * indicates a required field

Comments

No comments found.

Recent Posts

Specificity Click-bait
June 15, 2017

    3 Things Great Leaders Never Do. 5 Keys to Organizational Change. 7 Days to C-Suite Nirvana. Does anyone really believe this clickbait? This meme of false s...

FITBIT Your Strategy
June 8, 2017

We are going to assume that you do HAVE a strategy that is guiding decisions towards some well-defined goals. You aren't just reacting from one crisis to the next, right? OK then,...

Get the Little Things Right
April 19, 2017

You must be good at the little things to be an effective consultant or change agent. Any good cook knows that. And you have to take the time. Scratch made puff pastry is a wondrous thing, not a...

Align Behavior with Goals
April 4, 2017

The last two posts took up the problems of getting all organizational work aligned to real goals for that organization.  The point of this effort, and it does take focused effort, is ...

Subscribe   RSS

Follow Us
Facebook Twitter LinkedIn

Share

Search Blogs