The responsibility of governing

Looking back over my career, some of my most satisfying memories are associated with the accomplishments of organizations where I served as a volunteer. Sometimes the job was participating with the governance in the role of a board member. It is amazing what unpaid, but motivated, people can do!

Our non-profit societies have the opportunity and the responsibility to make wonderful changes to the lives of people in our community.

These societies also have the ability to accumulate the resources necessary to achieve what is needed.

The people who command these resources and direct how they will be used — the boards of these societies — have a huge responsibility to ensure that these resources are used appropriately, and produce the necessary results.

Often we find boards that don’t know how to govern, seem unable to tap the talent and resources that come to the table, and often spend time on trivial matters while ignoring the important issues.

I expect to explore some of the reasons for this — and some of the solutions — in this blog.

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