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Taming the Troublesome Board Member

Taming the Troublesome Board Member

by Katha Kissman

Addressing troubling behavior in a timely manner can make the difference between troubling and troublesome. Organized as a reference guide, Taming the Troublesome Board Member lays out a blueprint for avoiding and resolving the challenge of disruptive board members. It explores the root of troublesome behaviors and helps identify and address problems quickly and with as much grace as possible. Real-life case study examples illustrate specific behaviors with analysis and recommendations on the best next steps, in any boardroom. Board chairs will find this book empowering and accessible as the board leaders who need to take action. Chief executives and consultants will also benefit from this resource in an effort to understand what might be causing trouble in the boardroom. From micromanaging and undermining the board chair to silence in board meetings and founder syndrome, Taming the Troublesome Board Member addresses more than 25 different types of troublesome behavior. Available through BoardSource with member and non-member pricing.

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The Imperfect Board Member: Discovering the Seven Disciplines of Governance Excellence

by Jim Brown

"Finally! A book about boards that isn't boring!"
--Patrick Lencioni, author, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

"Everyone wins with good governance--countries, corporations, and community groups. In a compelling style like no one before him, Jim Brown helps leaders understand the keys for boardroom excellence. The Imperfect Board Member ought to be required reading for people on every type of board. The great thing is that it won't need to be required--it's such a fun book, every leader will want to read it."
--Jim Balsillie, chairman and co-CEO, Research in Motion; chair, Centre for International Governance Innovation

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Governance as Leadership: Reframing the Work of Nonprofit Boards

by Richard P. Chait, William P. Ryan, and Barbara E. Taylor

Written by noted consultants and researchers attuned to the needs of practitioners, Governance as Leadership provides a new powerful framework for a new covenant between trustees and executives: more macrogovernance in exchange for less micromanagement. This book sheds new light on the traditional fiduciary and strategic work of the board and introduces a critical third step dimension of effective trusteeship: generative thinking.

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Managing Conflicts of Interest: The Board's Guide to Unbiased Decision Making, Third Edition (PDF)

Managing Conflicts of Interest: The Board's Guide to Unbiased Decision Making, Third Edition (PDF)

by BoardSource

The nonprofit sector values our board members’ personal and professional knowledge, experience, and community engagement, but these board members can face challenges in carrying out their board responsibilities precisely because of the number and breadth of associations and connections they have. Making unbiased, independent decisions on behalf of an organization isn’t always easy. Managing Conflicts of Interest is here to help by providing you with the information you need to recognize potential conflicts of interest, determine when these conflicts present areas of concern, and do something about them.

To help you promote a culture of disclosure in your nonprofit, we explore the meaning of conflicts of interest and the legal rules relating to them. We acknowledge the difficulty in identifying problematic conflicts of interest and give recommendations for practice. We discuss 

  • the most recent state and federal laws governing conflicts of interest 
  • important legal concepts, including private inurement, private benefit, and intermediate sanctions 
  • situations that give rise to conflicts of interest 
  • creation of a conflict-of-interest policy and the need for proper disclosure 
  • establishing a procedure for responding to existing conflicts 
  • organizational code of ethics and maintaining an overall culture of integrity 
  • special considerations for private foundations in dealing with conflicts of interest 

The key for nonprofit boards is not to try to avoid all possible conflict-of-interest situations but to identify and follow a process for handling them effectively. How you manage conflicts of interest and assure open and honest deliberation affects all aspects of your organization’s operations and is critical to making good decisions, avoiding legal problems and public scandals, and remaining focused on your mission. Managing Conflicts of Interest provides the guidance you need.

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