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Strategic Board Governance

Strategic Board Governance begins with an evolution within and among board members that helps achieve the Mission of the organization through:

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developing and sustaining a leadership culture that drives the organization toward its strategic vision,

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providing the Board with the tools it needs to achieve its full leadership potential, and

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employing knowledge, trust, and nimbleness in order to seize strategic opportunities.

Through working directly with leaders and/or via board retreats, and inspired by the book, The Will to Govern Well by Glenn Tecker, MSA involves key stakeholders in defining key objectives, including facilitating discussion to get to the heart of important issues, such as: “What are our objectives?”  “What do we want to have accomplished at the end of this process?  What next steps are we striving for after our initial plan is completed?

Effective Board Governance doesn’t just happen overnight or with one retreat.  It is an investment over time that, if adhered to, can result in:

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Changing the process for accomplishing the work

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Developing leadership behaviors to govern well

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Sustaining a board culture that drives the organization’s success

With this in mind, it is important to realize that Board governance is a philosophy, but also a process.  Within the framework of effective Board governance are three key areas that drive success:

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Knowledge – Integrating useful knowledge into decision-making

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Trust – Sustaining a culture of trust among and between Board members

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Nimbleness – Clarity and consensus as to what constitutes success—to be better able to seize opportunities as they arise

Through effective board governance, organizations and associations can reach new heights.  Contact MSA today to learn more about how to shift your board into a Strategic Board Governance culture—a culture that maximizes your ROI of money, time and people at every strategic opportunity.

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