I like to play golf. I am not particularly good at it, but once in a while I hit a ball “pure” or on the sweet spot of the club. The club strikes the ball with little felt resistance. It feels like a warm knife sliding through butter. It seems effortless.
Once in while I think the partnership between board and CEO is like that…sweet spot. It comes when there is mutual respect for each other’s roles. With that comes transparent communication. It comes when there is very high trust. It can come when times are good. It can also be in the midst of some rough stuff.
What do you think contributes to a sweet spot in the partnership of board/CEO?