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Please, Stop Talking

Please, Stop Talking

“You’re losing all credibility. Please, stop talking.” I couldn’t say it out loud, but that thought went through my head as I observed ‘LeAnn’, a new board director during her first board meeting. I’d read her board biography and resume, and I had researched her and her accomplishments before I sat in on my new client’s board meeting. LeAnn’s background was impressive, so I was looking forward to seeing her in action and hearing what she was going to bring to this board. I was looking forward...

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What Happens When a Leader Spells Team with an ‘I’?

What Happens When a Leader Spells Team with an ‘I’?

We’ve all heard the old saying, “There is no ‘I’ in team.” When you hear it, you probably want to roll your eyes as you think to yourself, “Ugh! That’s so cliché and corny!” Yeah, well I felt the same way too until I recently experienced a board chair figuratively spell the word team with an 'I' at least six times during a board meeting. During that one board meeting, I observed 16 highly-experienced, professional, and articulate board members shrink from their responsibilities and limit their...

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Uh Oh. I Can’t Access What I Need

Uh Oh. I Can’t Access What I Need

When we needed to rapidly move to remote work status several months ago, for many of us, it was just a matter of working more from home than normal. We had the capability to access all or the bulk of our work files and systems remotely. For others, it was a matter of grabbing what files and equipment you thought you’d need for a few weeks and then heading home to then figure out how to: serve your customers while using your personal devices, identify ways to access the company’s network of...

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Is Your Board Dead Weight or Your Key to Success?

As you look to the next 12, 24, or 36 months, is your board of directors composed of the right people with the right skills, energy, and expertise to help you drive towards your vision? Are you as intentional in recruiting, onboarding, and developing directors as you are with key staff? Is your board a key to your organization’s success. Or, are your initiatives, pace, and success limited because your board believes they’ve fulfilled their responsibilities if they show up, vote, and leave? Are...

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Advisors Advise — Directors Direct

Advisors Advise — Directors Direct

Once and for all, let’s clarify the difference between Advisory Boards and Boards of Directors. People often believe they are one-in-the-same and use the terms interchangeably. When, in reality, they are very different entities. And although they are both important, they wield very different levels of power. The shareholders or members typically elect the people who will serve on the board of directors. In a small firm, the board of directors is usually comprised of the business’ owners and...

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