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The Tale of Three Boards

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Some time ago I attended a leadership conference. Over lunch with a few colleagues, the topic moved to how we were relating to our respective Boards of Directors. We had known one another for some time and all knew that the things said would be treated with confidentiality and respect. This conversation reminded me of the story of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”. One was “too cold,” another was “too hot,” but the last was “just right”. Too Cold I started the conversation by explaining what a difficult time I was having working with my board. There were several factions, each with a different agenda. Communication was difficult at best, and sometimes outright hostile. They were not just attempting to micro-manage me, several bypassed me to go directly to department heads with “suggestions for improvement”. Too Hot One friend then told us that he felt “really lucky”. Two family members and several long-time friends made up his board. They met over lunch twice a year to “keep things legal”. He sent them ...

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    “No one after lighting a lamp covers it with a jar or puts it under a bed, but puts on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light.”

    As a life-long student of management principles, I enjoy finding those sparks that bring light to a dark situation. It is my hope that this “lampstand” will provide you a bit of light.

    With a diverse background in media, corporate communications, and public sector employee training, I assist ministries in keeping their operation true to their vision, mission and goals.

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