I have been reminded again and again why even boards, human though they may be, are so important.
A third simple story
I am familiar with a board that is cross-wise with its CEO. All are competent. All are good people. All intend well. But trust is low and expectations are not aligned. They are in a hard place. If it weren’t for the board, it’s likely that the executive would continue to drive forward, wearing out the staff. They would keep doing “their thing” with little sense of accountability to the board. In time, organizational results would suffer. Hard conversations are ahead. But I am confident the board will soon embrace its responsibility.
Yes, the nonprofit sector needs both committed and competent boards.
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