How Close Is Your Board To Excellence?

This is the first of 6 articles to show readers what innovative modern governance looks like in any organisation of worth.

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We are basing this is on our ‘GOVERN protocol’. We came up with this from reviewing how governance all over the UK has failed - downgraded or put under heavy engagement. We then designed a set of measures to stop these defaults under each of these headings.

G Stands for Governance Excellence

Governance should start from a Vision, which leads to a Mission, then the Goals and Actions to achieve that Mission. It’s arrogant to set this vision without consulting your major stakeholders, so Excellence starts with a Stakeholder Consultation exercise.

Excellence means no complacency, so the Board should undergo a good hard look at itself every 3 years with a serious Governance Review, preferably using a consultant or outsider so no bias can exist.

Excellence in Board Papers are that they are electronic; and follow the ‘Less is more’ philosophy, using scorecards instead of all the tables, graphs, charts and text that Boards do often get.

A wide range of Tenant Involvement and Consultation options and processes add value to the organisation and to Governance Excellence.

An Excellent Board is a superb team, rather than a group of people. They complement each other’s strengths well. The extended team is with the Executive, who see the Board as a valued asset, rather than a ‘nit-picking’ millstone.

Excellence means keeping a Succession Plan, which details each member’s strengths and how long we have each member for. This issue has come to the fore just now with the 9 year rule. There is a proviso which lets you keep members, but we suspect the Regulator does not intend everyone to protect all their members with it, but only in cases where a vital skill will be lost without a suitable replacement being available.

This brings us to Induction for any new members. Excellence is a really tailored process which is designed around a new member to help that particular set of strengths within them to flourish as soon as possible.

Hugh Laird is a Director of the Board Development Agency

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G overnance Excellence

O perational Compliance

V iability

E xcellence and Continual Improvement

R isk and Stress Testing

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