Much of the value we provide clients stems from the fact that we have deep expertise in two areas, strategic planning and governance. That expertise provides an important nexus upon which to build stronger, better performing organizations.
It looks at the role of the board of directors, the CEO, the executive staff, and others and asks:
Knowing the answers to these questions is key to assuring that these various parts of the organization function well together and don’t get involved in battles over authority and micro-management.
As anyone who’s wrestled with these questions knows, it’s a lot easier to answer these questions if everyone understands their roles and their jobs (back to governance). And it’s a lot easier for goals and priorities to be set responsibly and effectively if everyone appreciates the value of each other’s perspectives.
To give a concrete example, we’re helping one of our clients, a public agency, better understand and develop this nexus. In the past, the board did not engage in strategic-level thinking or play an active role in setting the goals. Instead, the CEO and executive team developed a strategic plan and asked the board to ratify it. That resulted in a sense among board members that they aren’t doing their jobs effectively. Over the past year, the CEO cited numerous examples of board members micro-managing staff. We see that pattern occur whenever board members don’t understand their roles or feel ownership for the strategic goals.
LRI helps Boards and other governing bodies develop clarity about their role and that of management – and achieve higher levels of performance: https://leading-resources.com/consulting/governance/