Board Error #5: Are You Connected?

Ignore this connection imperative at your peril: red flag of doom #5! Sometimes board and staff leaders forget that the organization was formed by members to benefit members. Success will be judged o...   [more >]

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...   [more >]

Board Error #3: Identify Vested Interests

Board members are chosen for their connections as well as their KSAs (knowledge, skills and attitudes) relevant to the organization's current needs. Organizations must attend at all times to the qua...   [more >]

Board Error #2: Don't Settle for 'Good Enough'

Boards sometimes set their expectations too low and settle for what is not exciting but what may, they hope, be sufficient. Often this occurs through board hubris, an undeserved sense of pride, of ...   [more >]

Board Error #1: No Insiders/Outsiders on the Board

Do not allow tiers to develop within the board anywhere. The board must act as one all the time and in all aspects of policy leadership. One of the slippery slopes to organizational purgatory, if ...   [more >]

Board Errors: Red Flags of Doom

A lot of serious organizational problems can be traced to the following board errors: 1. Allowing two tiers to develop within the board 2. Not identifying vested interests 3. Accepting ‘good eno...   [more >]

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