Are some non-profits just not ready for a board that governs?

Yesterday, I was once again confronted with a question that I often ponder: are there some boards that are not yet ready to govern and that simply have to function as working boards?  The idea comes from trying to apply John Carver’s concepts that today are commonly referred to as International Policy Governance to a very young organization (sometimes defined as having very few or no paid staff). ...
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What Is The Difference Between Managing Finances And Governing Finances?

Very bright accounting and finance professionals often find themselves scratching their head after their first experience serving on a board of directors.  At almost every board of directors meeting financial reports, Income/Expense and Balance Sheets are presented. Without any further training, the accounting or finance professional begins to use the reports as they would on a daily basis to mana...
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Mutual Discipline for Both Board and Executive

If you have been a member of a board of directors in the last 40 years, you have most likely been exposed to the question, “Are you a governance Board?”  This question is really asking whether or not your board has moved beyond trying to operate the organization to better understanding its role to oversee or govern the organization.  It is really seeking to determine if you and your board have ...
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Why invest in governance development?

The very question itself implies that some are questioning the return on investment of investing in your board of directors and governance.  It might also imply that the board of directors only exists because the law requires it.  What if the board of directors was seen as an important element of the entire organization; that they do play a legal compliance role, but that they also could be an imp...
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Is governance a legal issue or an organizational development issue?

Is governance a legal issue or an organizational development issue? Your answer to this question probably depends on your position in the organization.If you are the lead counsel for an organization, you probably see it as a legal issue. If you are the executive director or the chairperson of a board of directors, you might be more likely to see it as an organizational development issue. The ...
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