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A dysfunctional board means a dysfunctional business. David Doughty Chartered Director, Chief Executive at Excellencia. Is your board fit for business?. Wednesday 22 May 2013 100 Victoria Street Bristol. Is your board dysfunctional?. Board members are aware of what is expected of them

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A dysfunctional board means a dysfunctional business

A dysfunctional board means a dysfunctional business

David Doughty

Chartered Director, Chief Executive at Excellencia

Is your board fit for business?

Wednesday 22 May 2013

100 Victoria Street

Bristol


Is your board dysfunctional

Is your board dysfunctional?

  • Board members are aware of what is expected of them

  • The agenda of Board meetings is well planned so that we are able to get through all necessary Board business

  • It seems that most Board members come to meetings prepared

  • We receive written reports to the Board in advance of our meetings

  • All Board members participate in important Board discussions


Is your board dysfunctional1

Is your board dysfunctional?

  • We do a good job encouraging and dealing with different points of view

  • We all support the decisions we make

  • The Board has a plan for the education and further development of Board members

  • Our Board meetings are always interesting

  • Our Board meetings are frequently fun


From dysfunctional to functional

From dysfunctional to functional


From dysfunctional to functional1

From dysfunctional to functional

Trust

The Dysfunctional Board

The Functional Board

If there is a foundation of trust, Board Members:

Admit weaknesses and mistakes

Ask for help

Accept questions and input about their areas of responsibility

Give one another the benefit of the doubt before arriving at a negative conclusion

Take risks in offering feedback and assistance

Appreciate and tap into one another’s skills and experiences

Focus time and energy on important issues, not politics

Offer and accept apologies without hesitation

Look forward to meetings and other opportunities to work as a group

If there is an absence of trust, Board Members:

  • Conceal their weaknesses and mistakes from one another

  • Hesitate to ask for help or provide constructive feedback

  • Hesitate to offer help outside their own areas of responsibility

  • Jump to conclusions about the intentions and aptitudes of others without attempting to clarify them

  • Fail to recognize and tap into one another’s skills and experiences

  • Waste time and energy managing their behaviours for effect

  • Hold grudges

  • Dread meetings and find reasons to avoid spending time together


From dysfunctional to functional2

From dysfunctional to functional

Conflict

The Dysfunctional Board

The Functional Board

If there is engagement with conflict, Board Members:

Have lively, interesting meetings

Extract and exploit the ideas of all team members

Solve real problems quickly

Minimize politics

Put critical topics on the table for discussion

If there is a fear conflict, Board Members:

  • Have boring meetings

  • Create environments where back-channel politics and personal attacks thrive

  • Ignore controversial topics that are critical to team success

  • Fail to tap into all the opinions and perspectives of team members

  • Waste time and energy with posturing and interpersonal risk management


From dysfunctional to functional3

From dysfunctional to functional

Commitment

The Dysfunctional Board

The Functional Board

A board that commits:

Creates clarity around direction and priorities

Aligns the entire board around common objectives

Develops an ability to learn from mistakes

Takes advantage of opportunities before competitors do

Moves forward without hesitation

Changes direction without hesitation or guilt

A board that fails to commit:

  • Creates ambiguity among the board about direction and priorities

  • Watches windows of opportunity close due to excessive analysis and unnecessary delay

  • Breeds lack of confidence and fear of failure

  • Revisits discussions and decisions again and again

  • Encourages second-guessing among board members


From dysfunctional to functional4

From dysfunctional to functional

Accountability

The Dysfunctional Board

The Functional Board

A board whose members hold each other accountable:

Ensures that poor performers feel pressure to improve

Identifies potential problems quickly by questioning one another’s approaches without hesitation

Establishes respect among board members who are held to the same high standards

Avoids excessive bureaucracy around performance management and corrective action

A board that avoids accountability:

  • Creates resentment among board members who have different standards of performance

  • Encourages mediocrity

  • Misses deadlines and key deliverables

  • Places an undue burden on the Chair as the sole source of discipline


From dysfunctional to functional5

From dysfunctional to functional

Results

The Dysfunctional Board

The Functional Board

If the board is focused on collective results, the organisation:

Retains achievement-oriented employees

Minimizes individualistic behaviour

Enjoys success and suffers failure acutely

Benefits from individuals who subjugate their own goals/interests for the good of the board

Avoids distractions

If the board is not focused on results, the organisation:

  • Stagnates/fails to grow

  • Rarely defeats competitors

  • Loses achievement-oriented employees

  • Encourages board members to focus on their own careers and individual goals

  • Is easily distracted


The four key tasks of the board

The four key tasks of the board

A dysfunctional board means a dysfunctional business


Is your board fit for business

Is your board fit for business?

Wednesday 22 May 2013

100 Victoria Street

Bristol


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