What to do when someone says, “I just have a question.”

It sounds so virtuous when a board member says, “I just have a question.” You would expect the query can be answered briefly with a quick return to the agenda.

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Do You Have An Oversized Board?

Situation To accommodate every geographical area, the bylaws of a national organization gave each chapter a seat on the Board. All past presidents are also included on the Board as

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What Are the Roles and Responsibilities of a Director?

Directors often have a lack of clarity on their roles and responsibilities. As a result, Board fiduciary responsibilities may not be fulfilled leading to a host of issues including conflicts

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Time To Restructure Your Governance Model?

For a variety of reasons, a growing number of associations and other not-for-profits are restructuring Board governance to increase their efficiency. Some association executives and volunteers take the plunge once

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Ratification at Board Meeting

During meetings, many topics are discussed, and many motions are passed. Not every motion may have passed unanimously, though the vote or minority opinion is seldom recorded in order to

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A Board Leadership Challenge – How to Arrive at a Consensus

Consensus is a collaborative process. Decisions are made based on overwhelming agreement of a group and consensus is reached when everyone supports the decision or at least can live with

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Board Full Disclosure Please

Disclose everything expected of directors. Recently I heard a board chair remind directors they are expected to contribute $12,000 to association’s foundation. Some of the directors looked at each other

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2019 Emerging Not-For-Profit Governance Trends

Size Matters It’s usually easier for 8 people to agree on a course of action than for larger groups to do so. Although the average not-for-profit board size in Canada

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Top Ten Reasons Why You Should Evaluate Your Organization

1. You want to grow your revenue and membership. 2. You need to change to be relevant to your member’s needs. 3. You need to grow your revenues to stay

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What Do You Do About an Indecisive Board?

Some Boards have a difficult time in making decisions. Certainly some decision making does need to take the appropriate time, with accurate information and healthy debate occurring. There are times

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