Good Governance: An Antidote For Shifting Sands

Your strategic planning process is as important as the plan and should be ongoing. Recently, Henry Meier, SVP/general Counsel at the New York Credit Union Association penned a blog addressing “Why D.C.’s Policy Pronouncements are the Key to Economic Growth.” In it, Meier discusses the shifting sands of today’s political environment, as well as the…

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Good Governance: Being Chair Is More Challenging Than You Think

In addition to playing an important role in managing the CEO, the chairman also plays a key role in managing the board itself. When we work with credit union boards, and in particular with chairs, we’ll often start by asking the provocative question, “Should boards manage?” Immediately the resounding response, of course, is “No!” But…

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Balancing Impartiality With Voting

A best practice for chairs is to help the board look at the big picture while still having a specific opinion. At the September 2018 Board Chair Development Seminar, we asked the more than 60 attendees from all over the United States and Canada to share with us whether their board chairs voted on regular matters.…

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A Hero For All

There’s nothing like meeting your hero. For some, that might equate to a football player or a musician or maybe a politician — a well-known celebrity type, whose mere physical presence is immediately recognized by all. For a governance geek like me, heroes are fewer and farther in between. But they do exist and when…

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Effective Communications in the Board Room

A great number of the governance challenges that we come across in the work that our firm undertakes with credit unions can be boiled down to matters of communications. Are your board members crossing over into day-to-day operations? Well…have their roles and responsibilities been clearly defined, updated and effectively communicated to them? Are there two…

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Good Governance: The Origin Of Civility

Be sure to disagree in an agreeable way. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the word civility. And unless you live under a rock, you can likely understand why . Frankly there’s a significant lack of it in the public sector. It concerns me, and my guess is that it concerns you, no matter…

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