Category Archives: General Counsel

Governing in Times of Crisis: Non-Profit Boards

A number of people have inquired about how Boards should be governing in times of crisis. The short answer is, they should govern well. Good governance is good governance – crisis or no crisis. A history of practicing good governance becomes even more important and advantageous to an organization during turbulent times. High performing Boards,…
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Scenario Planning Made Easy: COVID-19 Strategic Decision Making

The COVID-19 crisis presents a decision making environment with many critical uncertainties. Yet, association executives will be faced with the need to make strategically sound decisions. More so, there will be an expectation that the decision making process itself is sound and strategic. In this environment, scenario planning is an ideal methodology to use as…
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Executive Committee: Barrier to Board Member Engagement?

If you are wondering why your Board isn’t significantly engaged at a level one would expect from a high performance, strategic thinking Board, it may be that your Executive Committee has inadvertently caused the disengagement. Engaging leaders requires the creation of impactful, intellectually stimulating Board experiences. If your Executive Committee is making governing decisions that the Board could be making or exploring issues that the Board could be exploring, it is likely that your Executive Committee is limiting the Board members’ impactful, intellectually stimulating experiences.

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10 Steps to Forming a Successful Task Force

Creating a successful task force requires a lot more than asking for volunteers. Critical thought needs to be given to identifying the right task force members and process design. Using task forces, in favor of standing committees, can add value, but the true value is experienced when you take a strategic approach to task force formation and process design.

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