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The Board of Directors, Part 3

For the last few months we have been talking about what makes for a good and proper functioning board of directors. This month we present a questionnaire that can be used to help a director and a board to be more focussed.




As you consider these questions, be sure to approach them from the perspective of a director. That is, from the perspective of policy and/or strategic issues as opposed to operational and/or functional issues.




1. The role of this board is to


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2. This board has these major goals:


a. ___________________________________________________________




b. ___________________________________________________________




c. ___________________________________________________________




d. ___________________________________________________________




3. Should this board be responsible for


Policy Making? ___ yes ___ no


Advising? ___ yes ___ no


Decision-Making? ___ yes ___ no


Planning? ___ yes ___ no


Organization Operations? ___ yes ___ no


Staff Evaluation? ___ yes ___ no


Financial Matters? ___ yes ___ no




4. As a board member, I need to be more informed on these issues:


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b. ___________________________________________________________





c. ___________________________________________________________





5. These are three issues with which this board should consider dealing:


a. ___________________________________________________________





b. ___________________________________________________________





c. ___________________________________________________________





6. Three issues with which the board should not deal:


a. ___________________________________________________________





b. ___________________________________________________________





c. ___________________________________________________________





7. In order to be more effective, the board and/or individual directors, should:


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About the Author


L. Douglas Mault is president of the Executive Advisory Institute, Yakima, Wash.

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