Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Wednesday Wisdom: Pushing comfort zones for higher-quality board decisions
As I continue this year's immersion in group dynamics literature, one of the most consistent messages remains the need for inviting and facilitating a certain level of creative tension in board deliberations. If we want the highest-quality decisions that lead to the highest-quality outcomes for our nonprofits, we can't fill the boardroom with people who look and think exactly like us. We also need people who will, as Lencioni says here, stretch us to think beyond the obvious and the comfortable.
At the same time, we require leadership that will help us build our capacity to handle those creative tensions productively - to not let those wide-open discussions deteriorate into heated, fear-inducing, enemy-making shouting matches. I've always understood that as being an essential role of leadership. My appreciation for the challenge, and the impact when one succeeds, has grown exponentially in he last eight months.
Posted by Debra Beck, EdD at 5:16 AM