So he worries about every decision. “Will we get in trouble?” “What can go wrong?” “How much will it cost?” “Do we have the properly prepared people?”
Alice Korngold has suggested a great fourth duty. The duty of imagination. And with that comes inspiration for what the organization sees in its future as great potential.
Jane is also a good board member. But some think her feet don’t touch the ground. She is always talking about what the organization could do. And how it would provide more benefit and opportunity to its stakeholders. This is called Leadership.
A great board considers paths to a glorious future. It reviews models, measurements, the revenue model and strategic alliances. Jane can advance her ideas by asking good questions, listening to others, advancing the decision-making process and helping others become active participants.
In partnership with a CEO, the high impact board engages in these anticipating the future discussions at every meeting. But all dreams are balanced with a reasonable dose of John’s attention to the core duties and legal responsibilities.
Finding that balance requires everybody working together. And it starts with good discussion items on every board agenda.
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