Have you ever had the experience as a member of an Executive Committee of discussing the board meeting agenda before the meeting of the full board? Then when the board meets, you discuss it all again with but this time with more people. Did you ever ask what advantage there was to discussing the same things twice – and coming to the same conclusions? Imagine designing a process like that!
The bylaws of many non-profit organizations require an Executive Committee. It’s very common for the bylaws to authorize this executive committee to act on behalf of the Board of Directors between meetings of the board. Thus it becomes a mini board, vested with the same authority as the full board but for much more of the time than the board itself. Imagine that. Read more