Category Archives: Governance

Succession Planning is Not What You Think

Too often, I have heard board members define succession planning as having someone on staff that is ready to step in should the CEO, in a planned or unplanned manner, leave the organization. At best, this is transition planning, but not succession planning. And, I would argue that if an organization’s “transition planning” is limited to this, the organization as a failed transition plan.

While a transition plan is part of a succession plan, it is not the most important part of the plan.

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Generative Governance: The Missing Link

Creating rewarding experiences for Board members and delivering value to the organization through Board engagement were always top of mind for me as a CEO of a national trade association. When a Board meets regularly, these can be difficult challenges if the Board limits its scope to its fiduciary and strategic responsibilities. Governance as Leadership (Chait, Ryan, Taylor, 2005) introduces a third mode of governance – the generative mode.

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8 Reasons for Creating Task Forces

Although many associations are best served with a small number of governance committees, associations are better served with a task force system than a standing (non-Board) committee system. Milton Berle raised one argument against committees when he said, “A committee is a group that keeps minutes and loses hours.” But, there are other reasons to convert to a task force system for accomplishing association work.

Using task forces creates an opportunity to engage more members. This is especially important considering lack of engagement is cited as the number one reason for member attrition. Further, engaging a larger number of members creates an opportunity...

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The Board: Millennials or Not?

Intuitively, most CEOs recognize the need to have Millennials on Boards. However, one should make an informed decision regarding inclusion. In doing so, you might consider following benefits and risks.

Financial Sense: Adding Millennials is smart business because it can result in membership growth and program participation growth. Even if the Millennials aren’t currently making membership decisions (for example, in a trade association environment), they will be making future membership decisions. The positive impact on program participation is two fold:

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