Month: June 2016

Psychology 101 – Part Eight of Can’t We All Just Get Along? Truths and recommendations re intra-board relations

Psychology 101 – Part Eight of Can’t We All Just Get Along? Truths and recommendations re intra-board relations

Board work is a group endeavour, reliant on individuals reaching agreement on the important matters before them. The challenge is that people see the world through their own unique lenses based on their experiences, motivations and personalities. Even people who may fundamentally agree on a matter will likely be unique in the way they reach … Continue reading Psychology 101 – Part Eight of Can’t We All Just Get Along? Truths and recommendations re intra-board relations

Is it Political? – Part Seven of Can’t We All Just Get Along? Truths and recommendations re intra-board relations

Is it Political? – Part Seven of Can’t We All Just Get Along? Truths and recommendations re intra-board relations

The theme of this series of blog posts is intra-board relationships and why some trustees don’t get along with each other. While the causes of board disharmony outlined in my earlier posts are perhaps more common, politics – or at least our common misconception of the term – can also be a factor that causes … Continue reading Is it Political? – Part Seven of Can’t We All Just Get Along? Truths and recommendations re intra-board relations

Who Does What – Part Six of Can’t We All Just Get Along? Truths and recommendations re intra-board relations 

Who Does What – Part Six of Can’t We All Just Get Along? Truths and recommendations re intra-board relations 

One of the more frequent causes of boardroom trouble is a lack of clarity on the difference in the roles of the board, the chairperson, senior staff, and individual trustees. Each of these entities has a specific set of responsibilities, defined by the School Act and other legislation, the board’s own bylaws and policies, and … Continue reading Who Does What – Part Six of Can’t We All Just Get Along? Truths and recommendations re intra-board relations 

Goal Clarity – Part Five of Can’t We All Just Get Along? Truths and recommendations re intra-board relations

Goal Clarity – Part Five of Can’t We All Just Get Along? Truths and recommendations re intra-board relations

The two previous posts focused on the value of establishing a code of conduct and a set of meeting procedures early in the board’s term. Achieving clarity on the board’s goals for the coming term is also an important component to decrease the likelihood of board disharmony. Most boards go through a strategic planning exercise … Continue reading Goal Clarity – Part Five of Can’t We All Just Get Along? Truths and recommendations re intra-board relations

Good Processes Build Better Boards – Part Four of Can’t We All Just Get Along? Truths and recommendations re intra-board relations

Good Processes Build Better Boards – Part Four of Can’t We All Just Get Along? Truths and recommendations re intra-board relations

There is an old saying that we get what we deserve - or perhaps what we allow. As discussed in Part 2, you have little control over who gets elected, but a board can have control over how members conduct themselves. Sometimes there is a tendency, particularly with boards from smaller communities or those that … Continue reading Good Processes Build Better Boards – Part Four of Can’t We All Just Get Along? Truths and recommendations re intra-board relations