Board Models and Board Development

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    Board Models
    Board Development (Types Issues, Approaches to Improve, Policy

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    Board Models

    As mentioned above, Board members often adopt a model or way
    of working together. Many times, the model is not intentionally
    or explicitly selected by Board members. They just ended up working
    together in the same way. There are several types of Board models
    and others are emerging; however, the research is not conclusive
    about which models are best to use and when. Perhaps the most
    valuable result for Board members from reading about models is
    first learning the many ways that members can work together and
    then by reflecting on their own Board operations.

    Some New Nonprofit Board Models
    Board Structure
    Governance Model (Policy Governance) (more on this topic below)

    Governing for What Matters: A Model for Community-Driven

    a Working Board an “Immature” Board?

    Unique Nonprofit Board Models (Part 1 of 2)

    Some Unique Nonprofit Board Models (Part 2 of 2)

    Board Development (Types Issues, Approaches to Improve, Policy

    It might help the reader to understand the concept of Board
    development by comparing it to Board orientation and Board training.
    Here’s one interpretation. Board orientation is orienting Board
    members about the unique aspects of the organization, for example,
    its history, products and services, other Board members, etc.
    Board training is training members about the standard roles and
    responsibilities of members of any governing Board. In contrast,
    Board development is raising the quality of Board operations up
    another level, including, for example, by using a Board pre-assessment,
    Board orientation, Board training, coaching of Board members,
    and closing with a Board post-assessment to measure any improvement
    from the Board development. The following links provide a range
    of advice about improving the quality of Board operations. HOWEVER,
    reading guidelines about fixing Boards, without knowing the basic
    parts and best practices of Boards, is like reading about fixing
    a car, but without knowing the basic parts of a car. Therefore,
    the reader is strongly encouraged to at least scan through the
    list of topics in the table at the top this page before reading
    many of the links about struggling Boards and how to “fix”

    Types of Struggling Boards and Board Issues

    Some Types of Broken Nonprofit Boards
    Types of “Broken” Boards

    Syndrome: Who? Me?

    Syndrome: How Organizations Suffer — and Can Recover (a manual)

    Boards Undermine Progress

    Your Organization Outgrown Its Board?

    Dysfunctional Board or Council?
    Boards Micromanage and How to Get Them to Stop

    What Directors Think: Best (and Worst) Boardroom

    Costs of Intense Board Monitoring

    With Drawbacks

    How to bring about nationwide change? – a dilemma
    How to start looking forward? – a dilemma
    When facilitation fails – a dilemma
    Hopelessly conflicted? – a dilemma
    How to manage excessive demands on time (from a powerful person)? – a dilemma

    What a Healthy Board Looks Like

    What Does a Healthy Board Look Like? (Nonprofit
    and For-Profit)

    Collective Vision (for the Board)

    Your Board Room an Oasis

    Approaches to Improving Boards

    Why Board Training and Team Building Alone Seldom
    Fix Broken Boards

    Orientation vs. Training vs. Development

    Some First Steps to Start “Fixing” a Broken Board

    General Principles for Restoring Nonprofit Boards
    The Cost of

    Evolving Role: From Management to Governance

    Boards: On Saying No to Problem Board Members

    We Go Again: The Cyclical Nature of Board Behavior

    Enhancing The Board’s Monitoring Role
    Good Governance and Crisis
    Good Governance
    Moving to Good Governance: Digging Into Organizational

    on Nonprofit Boards: Why is it so hard to accomplish?

    to Improve a Board By Understanding the System of a Board

    A Vote for Consensus
    Ideas Made Safe

    The Nonprofit Board: You Get Out What You Put

    in the Board Room

    Bottom Line on Good Governance

    a High Performing Nonprofit Board

    Board Leadership

    The Bottom Line on Good Governance
    v. Fashion – Get Your Board OFF the Latest Fad


    Corporate Governance Adrift
    Practical Tips for Boards in Times of Crisis

    About Policy Governance

    Policy-based Governance: If It’s So Great, Why
    Isn’t Everyone Using It?

    The Top Reasons to Use Policy Governance (copyright
    of John Carver)

    Policy Governance
    in 2002

    A Checklist
    for Determining the Extent Policy Governance® is Being Used
    by a Board

    Board Member Attributes Under Policy Governance®

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