Does the Board Chair Have a Say?

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Imagine that your board has just finished a long, involved and somewhat heated discussion on a matter of strategic importance.  The board seems divided on whether the organization should take the opportunity of expansion or whether the new initiative should be delayed.  At the heart of the issue is the degree of risk that board members can handle comfortably.  The motion is made and seconded.  The vote is a tie.  What shall the board chair do?  There is little doubt in your mind how the matter will be settled.  You are well aware that the chair has been pushing for this particular project behind the scenes for some time.  During the discussion he has spoken forcefully in favor of the motion.  You regret not saying something about your discomfort with the process.  After the meeting you hear other directors expressing disappointment in the outcome.  The decision is made, but the board is divided.

The process described above occurs too often in boardrooms.  Board chairs often speak for or against a motion.  It is even assumed in some corporate cultures that the board chair should take the leadership in pressing for the initiatives that he or she supports.   In some boards the board chair may even have two votes, one when the motion is called and a second if the vote is a tie. Read more

Forgive and Forget?

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Forgive and Forget.  No, Forgive and Reconcile

Imagine that time that someone wronged you at work.  Although the person never apologized or even acknowledged his or her wrongdoing, you had to struggle through your feelings to the point where you were able to forgive.  Of course, you couldn’t tell the offender that you forgave, because it would have been an insult to the person who won’t acknowledge the wrong.

Like almost every other Christian in the world you were taught to forgive and forget.  You were able to manage the forgive part, but you haven’t forgotten.  Mostly because the relationship is still broken.  Somehow your forgiveness set you free, but it didn’t restore the brokenness.  Why can’t you forget?

You can’t forget, because it really happened.  And the idea that you should put it behind you refers to forgiveness, not to forgetting.  The truth is that Christians have adopted a process that isn’t found in the Scriptures. What the Lord actually teaches is found in the well-known Matthew 18 passage.  That is: Forgive and reconcile. Read more