Top 10 signs of a Dysfunctional Board

I believe I was very lucky that few of the Boards of Directors I was a part of were really dysfunctional. Having said that a  dysfunctional board of directors has the ability to cause multiple headaches for your business or organization. In the penultimate discussion on Boards Lets look at why Boards go bad.

Not only will a dysfunctional board of directors often fail to make decisions that are in the best interest of the business, its dysfunction has the potential to move outside the confines of the boardroom, causing negative publicity.

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Selecting your next Board member

I have probably spent a year of my life just in Board meetings- either as a management attendee or as a Board member. Most of that time was invested usefully, but there were occasional dysfunctional Boards, typically with one Board member causing most of the problems. IN the third in our series about Boards of Directors, I’ve written about unlocking talent within Boards, and explaining what Boards do, here we’ll explore how to select the right Board members.… Read more

What do Boards do?

As a member of Boards I often found that I was involved in turf wars between some Board members and some operational staff. It wasn’t pretty when old guys (like me) want to run the business on a day to day basis (not like me)  and it takes both great mental strength and tact to steer them away from becoming the de facto commercial or operations person.… Read more

Unlocking the hidden talent on your Board

At some stage in your career, you will run companies, and inevitably these companies come with Boards of Directors.

In moving to run a company or to becoming a lead director in a subsidiary company, you would have made an impact in how you have managed the people who work for you and controlled the business well. But when you reach the dizzy heights of running a company, you have an added responsibility, that of managing the people for whom you work.… Read more