Board of Directors Blog Posts

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The board is accountable for making high-level decisions, not an executive. The board is responsible for appointing and, if needed replacing a company’s chief executive officer and executing the fiduciary duties of a company to its shareholders and other stakeholders.

As a result a highly-performing and engaged board is one that treats staff as teammates not subordinates. The most respectable and thoughtful board members are also attentive to staff and treat them with respect and respect, even if the board member is not in agreement with the employee’s viewpoint. Board members are expected to take action on issues that impact the mission of the organization regardless of its size.

A key to effective governance of boards is the accuracy of meeting minutes. The minutes can help those who are not present understand what transpired during a meeting, and they can provide clarity on any strategies or metrics that could require monitoring. Boards who take the time to produce clear, concise minutes will have a much better time navigating legal issues.

This blog post from SSIR will teach you how to create efficient minutes for board meetings. This blog is a valuable source for anyone interested in governance of boards with particular attention to non-profit boards.