Thursday, December 11, 2008

Five questions to ask

Today's "gift" to blog readers is a food-for-thought piece, "Five Questions Every Board Should Ask," by Sam Pettway. It is available on the BoardWalk Consulting website.

Click here to access a PDF copy of the article. If that doesn't work in your browser, go to BoardWalk's templates page (also bookmark-worthy!) and click on the link for the article by that name. Currently, it is the fifth link down.

I'm a big fan of this kind of resource, because it's designed to spark reflection on purpose that is absolutely essential to board work. These conversations offer opportunities to focus attention on governance priorities and bolster motivation that sometimes lags in the hard work of governance.

Unfortunately, most boards are so busy scrambling to meet the routine demands (and occasional fires that pop up) that they have little time or energy left for the group-level introspection that would benefit them in the end. Been there, done that too many times myself in a board setting. In the end, though, having these kinds of conversations is a good investment of board time and energy.

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