Doing What You Say You Will Do

Some things can be narrowed down to a "most crucial element." Perhaps, in working relationships there is nothing more critical than whether we will do what we said we would. Or not. And how that impacts the quality of the work we're able to do.…

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Beyond Tokenism

<p>It is often and rightly assumed that a board or a committee needs to have diversity of membership:  that for a board to be effective in its……

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The Problem and Challenge of a “Representative” Board

Diversity is important, and a good thing. However, we often assume this means boards should be made up of people representing the diversity of our institutional collective. But this often means each board member has a specific personal agenda they are then expected to champion. Our board then becomes a collection of individual voices that will at some point be competing voices. We certainly do not want a group of yes-people who do not differ in opinions. And we need to be cognizant of the potential pitfall when board members bring personal or extraneous agendas.…

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Shared Governance

Governance is not done best when we imagine that a single individual holds all the answers. History has shown time and again that when this is the case that the institutions suffer, the people the institutions serve also suffer, and the mission of the institution eventually becomes self serving. The concept of shared leadership gives us a critical window to develop healthy leadership.…

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Governance – Not a Secondary Question

No matter how awesome your new hardware you bought is, without some quality software to run it, without a good operating system, that hardware is an very expensive paperweight. Without good governance, however, institutions are worse than a paperweight of course, because they can waste resources, harm individuals or people, and promote corruption to one degree or another. The operating system, governance, matters a great deal.…

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The Narcissist Leader; the Narcissist Organization.

Leadership is a very hot button topic and has been for some time now. However, perhaps we are not adequately equipped to pay attention to a style of leadership that can be successful on the metrics, but contains a poison pill within it. Let us identify and name this leadership style, and resist it in ourselves and our institutions.…

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Tending the Minority Voice

It would be easy if a single individual could have all the answers to all the issues we face in our institutions. However, that simply is not the case, and the majority does not always find the complete truth either. We must be sensitive to the minority voice and recognize that although we cannot let that voice rule by veto, that voice should still be heard and respected.…

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