Finding the Source of Board Member Hesitation | Cut to the Candor (Part One)

Preserving candor in your board of directors can make or break effective deliberation. Effective decision-making relies on informed, honest, and direct communication. So, why are honest insights often so hard to find? What can you do to ensure your board cuts straight to the candor when making a decision? Let’s find out in the first installment of our two-part series — Cut to the Candor: Breaking the Ice for Honest Insights!

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Robert’s Rules of Order

If you’ve served on a board or committee, you’re probably familiar with Robert’s Rules of Order. But where did they come from and how did they come to be the standard structure for deliberation? Let’s find out in this installment of All About It — a series where we dive deep into the topics that fascinate us.

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Comparing Delphi and NGT Decision Techniques

Two of the most popular tools for evaluating and prioritizing ideas are the Delphi Technique and the Nominal Group Technique (NGT). But, do enough research on decision-making strategies and they all start to blur together. Let’s take a closer look at how each technique works, and when they’re best used.

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Board Heterogeneity and Organizational Performance

Keeping up with the best practices of board governance is hard. If only you had a friendly neighborhood board portal to keep you apprised of the latest research. Well now, you do! Our series, Research Recap focuses on keeping you in the loop. Say goodbye to the pages of pretentious pedagogy. Everything you need is right here. Continue reading

Multivoting Technique

Multivoting is a technique used to narrow down and prioritize a large list of ideas. Multivoting can be helpful in determining which ideas to pursue at the end of a brainstorming session. This technique is sometimes known as the N/3 technique. The instructions for performing this technique vary by the source, so we’ve put together an amalgam of everything we could find. Continue reading

Two-Tier Board Structure

In the United States, we’re used to a one-tiered structure of board governance. Board members are appointed to govern and oversee the operations of a company. The limits of their power are laid out in a set of bylaws. As needed, a board may call for the formation of a separate advisory board or committees to serve in a more focused capacity. This is the board structure we know. But it is not the only one. Continue reading

The Value of Marketing Expertise on Your Board

Board members are busy people. It’s a simple truth. Unfortunately, that simple truth can make keeping up with best practices in board governance next to impossible. But don’t worry. Our series, Research Recap, will keep you in the loop on the latest findings in governance research. No frills. No fancy language. We’ll give you exactly what you need to know! Continue reading

Fast Facts on Board Bias

The April 2010 issue of McKinsey Quarterly featured a great article about managing bias in collaborative decision-making. We want to talk about it. But how are we going to do that without telling you to just go read it yourself? Here’s the game plan: (1) we’re going to give you the need-to-knows, (2) sprinkle in our own research and color commentary, and (3) cut the read time in half. Continue reading