Monday, January 12, 2009

Governing in crisis

The stream of articles, blog posts and "how to" tools that address the economic crisis impacts on the sector grows daily, but comparatively few that I have encountered so far focus specifically on the role of the board in that process.

One exception is this piece, published by Philanthropy Journal. While the obvious focus is on fiduciary responsibility in these challenging economic times, I was glad to see the author take a bigger picture view with two recommendations, particularly with the last: "Build the Right Board."

Now, more than ever, it is critical to have a diverse and deep range of perspectives; to have the expertise that we need to help make the challenging decisions; and -- most of all -- to have a board of individuals utterly committed to, and passionate about, the mission that calls us to the table.

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