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Value added boards100310

  1. 1. Forgetting the rear view mirror;<br />ensuring the future<br />Value-AddedBoards<br />
  2. 2. So what does the board do?<br />Ends Policy<br />Executive limitations policy<br />Governance Process<br />Board-management delegation<br />j. Burke Advisors.com 908 359 4000 www.jburkeadvisors.com<br />2<br />
  3. 3. The Board’s Responsibility<br />Cradle Vision<br />Address fundamental values<br />External Focus<br />Enable outcomes<br />Distinguish Large & small<br />Forward Thinking<br />Allow productivity<br />*<br /> (Carver 2006)<br />Diversity and unity<br />Ability to speak passionately about vision<br />Balance under/over control<br />Use board time efficiently<br />Develop a common basis for discipline<br />j. Burke Advisors.com 908 359 4000 www.jburkeadvisors.com<br />3<br />
  4. 4. Board Creates and Enforces Broad Mission-Based<br />Allowing staff to work within a well defined set of BROAD guidelines<br />j. Burke Advisors.com 908 359 4000 www.jburkeadvisors.com<br />4<br />
  5. 5. The Ugly Truth<br />Regardless of board type, many have serious flaws<br />Here are a few:<br />Address the trivial Short term bias<br />Often focused on the past More reactive<br />Unclear Staff/Board roles Diffuse Authority<br />Overloaded<br />j. Burke Advisors.com 908 359 4000 www.jburkeadvisors.com<br />5<br />
  6. 6. Ends and MeansAn Important Distinction<br />Outcome Goals (Ends)are what the organization is about:<br />Break the cycle of addiction<br />Ensure all have a clean place to live<br />Protect a child from abuse<br />Process Goals (Means) is what the organization does:<br />Provide 60 hours of counseling<br />Create 30 housing units<br />Make at least one home visit per client<br />The Board has little interest in Process<br />j. Burke Advisors.com 908 359 4000 www.jburkeadvisors.com<br />6<br />
  7. 7. Typical Policy Limits<br />Indebtedness<br />Asset Protection<br />Compensation and benefits<br />Ethics<br />Conflicts of Interest<br />Unacceptable means-even if ends are attained<br />j. Burke Advisors.com 908 359 4000 www.jburkeadvisors.com<br />7<br />
  8. 8. The Board Creates A Broad Set of Policies<br />Under<br />Which<br />Staff<br />Perform<br />With <br />Autonomy<br />j. Burke Advisors.com 908 359 4000 www.jburkeadvisors.com<br />8<br />
  9. 9. Most important single Board Responsibility…<br />A Global Ends Policy<br />Strict results Focus<br />Succinct<br />Board-inclusive<br />Fits with other community agencies<br />Avoids internal competition<br />Is not a branding document<br />j. Burke Advisors.com 908 359 4000 www.jburkeadvisors.com<br />9<br />
  10. 10. Determining Board Topics<br />Screening Questions:<br />What Category<br />Whose issue is it<br />Has the board acted on this previously<br />What is the broadest way to address the issue<br />j. Burke Advisors.com 908 359 4000 www.jburkeadvisors.com<br />10<br />

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