Have you ever wondered about a board member who seldom says or does a thing: How did in the world did she achieve the professional heights she has, shen sheÂ just sits there like a lump? Or about a lackluster board chair: He couldn’t possibly run meetings this dull and ineffective where he works . . . why does he allow our board meetings to be dominated by dull staff reports?
"We have some really great people on our board," many board members and executive directors say. "And individually they volunteer, donate, help out. But board meetings are dull; we don’t seem to get to any important discussions."Â
When terrific, high achievement individuals comprise a board that is unengaged and unproductive, what’s going on? Why are they acting like so much LESS than the sum of the parts, not to mention more?